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Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
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Jan 17, 2011

really liked it
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Read on January 19, 2011

Show Way has wonderful illustrations and a very sweet, simple story that is all the more powerful for its simplicity. The author traces her mother's family from Soonie, her great-grandmother, back as far as Soonie's memory takes her, and tells the story of young women who grew up in slavery, made freedom quilts and taught their children to do the same. The story is almost poetry, with themes repeating - I can hear my own children saying the words along with me..."and mama loved this baby up. yes, she loved this baby up." They would have discovered new things with each reading - horrified that children were sold away from their families, fascinated by the quilts, troubled by the history that belongs to them too, but always loving how each mama loved her baby and how that led to new strength.

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