♥ Book Title : Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist
☯ Full Synopsis : "An illuminating picture book biography of an artist and former slave whose patchwork quilts bring the stories of her family to life. Harriet Powers learned to sew and quilt as a young slave girl on a Georgia plantation. She lived through the Civil War and Reconstruction, and eventually owned a cotton farm with her family, all the while relying on her skills with the needle to clothe and feed her children. Later she began making pictorial quilts, using each square to illustrate Bible stories and local legends. She exhibited her quilts at local cotton fairs, and though she never traveled outside of Georgia, her quilts are now priceless examples of African American folk art. Barbara Herkert’s lyrical narrative and Vanessa Newton’s patchwork illustrations bring this important artist to life in a moving picture-book biography."Article| Barbara Herkert| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : This I Accomplish
☯ Full Synopsis : "The powerful quilts of Harriet Powers (1837-1910), a Georgia slave, continue to capture our imagination. Her two-known creations, the Bible Quilt and the Pictorial Quilt, have independently survived since stitched more than a century ago. Thousands of visitors to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston have stood transfixed viewing her quilts. Until today, no one has told the entire, dramatic story of how her quilts, one initially sold for $5, were cherished for decades in private homes before emerging as priceless, national treasures. This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers¿ Bible Quilts and Other Pieces brings to light new, exciting facts ¿ many never before published: proof Powers was a literate, award-winning quilter, who stitched at least five quilts and promoted her own artwork; complete exhibition history for both quilts; profiles of the two nineteenth century women who sought to purchase the Bible Quilt; profiles of the three men who once owned the Pictorial Quilt; unveiling of a young artist who embellished the Pictorial Quilt and more! This I Accomplish is the most comprehensive resource guide on Powers and includes nearly 200 bibliographic annotative references. This I Accomplish is written by Kyra E. Hicks, a quilter whose works have appeared in over forty group exhibitions in places such as the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. She lives in Arlington, Virginia."Article| Kyra E. Hicks| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Mary Cassatt
☯ Full Synopsis : "Mary Cassatt was a headstrong, determined girl. She wanted to be an artist in 1860, a time when proper girls certainly weren't artists. It wasn't polite. But Mary herself wasn't polite. She pursued art with a passion, moving to Paris to study, painting what she saw. Her work was rejected by the Salon judges time and time again. One day, the great painter Edgar Degas invited her to join him and his group of independent artists, those who flouted the rules and painted as they pleased-the Impressionists. Mary was on her way. "I began to live," said Mary. Today, her paintings hang in museums around the world and she is recognized as one of the most celebrated female artists of all time."Article| Barbara Herkert| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Stitching Stars
☯ Full Synopsis : "This distinguished biography is both a portrait of an artist and a chronicle of her times. Born into slavery, Harriet Powers had always been a quilt maker, but at 49, she began working on her first masterpiece--a story quilt of the Bible that is now at the Smithsonian Institution. Full-color photos."Article| Mary E. Lyons| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Harriet Powers Bible Quilts
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| Regenia Perry| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider--The Story of E. B. White
☯ Full Synopsis : "A lyrical picture book biography of the author of "Charlotte's Web" and "Stuart Little, " two beloved classics of children's literature, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Castillo. Full color."Article| Barbara Herkert| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Grandma's Purse
☯ Full Synopsis : "The littlest fashionistas will love this adorable purse-shaped board book that's as fun to carry as it is to read! When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, she always brings warm hugs, sweet treats...and her purse. You never know what she'll have in there--fancy jewelry, tokens from around the world, or something special just for her granddaughter. It might look like a normal bag from the outside, but Mimi and her granddaughter know that it's pure magic! In this adorable, energetic ode to visits from Grandma, beloved picture-book creator Vanessa Brantley-Newton shows how an ordinary day can become extraordinary. An Indie Next List Selection "Brims with adorable small stuff to look at. No illustrator does clothes, décor, and style better than Brantley-Newton."--The New York Times "Brantley-Newton creates a whimsical interplay of patterns, rich color, and her trademark lively expressions--a beautiful visual mélange. The magic of grandparents is undeniable, and this book is an excellent treat for grandkids to share with their own grandmas and grandpas, or the other way around."--Kirkus "A heartfelt homage to brown girls and their wonder-inducing grandmothers."--The Horn Book"Article| Vanessa Brantley-Newton| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Franklin Roosevelt's Postage Stamp Quilt
☯ Full Synopsis : "The true story of an African American woman from Marion, Indiana who, as part of the WPA Sewing-Room Projects, designed and pieced a postage stamp quilt which she presented to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936."Article| Kyra E. Hicks| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Kindred
☯ Full Synopsis : "Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin."Article| Octavia Butler| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Lift Your Light a Little Higher
☯ Full Synopsis : "The story of Stephen Bishop, a slave and early explorer and guide at Mammoth Cave, Kentucky."Article| Heather Henson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : We Are the Ants
☯ Full Synopsis : "After the suicide of his boyfriend, Henry deals with depression and family issues, all while wondering if he was really abducted and told he has 144 days to decide whether or not the world is worth saving."Article| Shaun David Hutchinson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Letters From a Slave Girl
☯ Full Synopsis : "Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery; it's the only life she has ever known. Now, with the death of her mistress, there is a chance she will be given her freedom, and for the first time Harriet feels hopeful. But hoping can be dangerous, because disappointment is devastating. Harriet has one last hope, though: escape to the North. And as she faces numerous ordeals, this hope gives her the strength she needs to survive. Based on the true story of Harriet Ann Jacobs, LETTERS FROM A SLAVE GIRL reveals in poignant detail what thousands of African-American women had to endure not long ago. It's a story that will enlighten, anger, and never be forgotten."Article| Mary E. Lyons| Statement ..."