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Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt

by Patricia C. McKissack
Illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Published by Random House, 2008
40 pages
ISBN: 9780375831638

Ages 7-11

This carefully crafted poetry collection thoughtfully combines the excitement of a young African American girl’s first quilting project with a celebration of the history and culture of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The town and its quilting tradition have long been recognized for their uniqueness. The poems honor the community’s past while recognizing the roles and rituals of generation as they tell the story of a grandmother and granddaughter assembling a quilt. Rich illustrations convey feeling and the details of their handicraft. From the final poem entitled “Finished,” the girl is pleased with the end product, though her work is not done: “But I am not complete… / There are hundreds of ideas in my head. / Quilts that are about me, / the place where I live, / and the people / who have been here for generations.” An authoritative introduction and author’s note at the conclusion yield helpful insight on the extraordinary people and traditions of Gee’s Bend.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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