I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery (Hardcover)

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By Cynthia Grady, Michele Wood (Illustrator)
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The extraordinary meshing of quiltmaking and poetry patterns evokes the emotions and ordeals of American slaves. Bold, powerful illustrations. Well referenced. (9-14)

— From Poetry


This rich and intricate collection of poems chronicles the various experiences of American slaves. Drawn together through imagery drawn from quilting and fiber arts, each poem is spoken from a different perspective: a house slave, a mother losing her daughter to the auction block, a blacksmith, a slave fleeing on the Underground Railroad.

This moving and eloquent set of poems, brought to life by vivid and colorful artwork from Michele Wood, offers a timeless witness to the hardship endured by America's slaves. Each poem is supplemented by a historical note.

About the Author

Cynthia Grady is a poet and a librarian at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. I Lay My Stiches Down is her first published book. In her spare time, Cynthia quilts. Visit her website at www.cynthiagrady.com. Michele Wood is a painter, illustrator, designer, and writer. She received the American Book Award for her first book, Going Back Home, and the Coretta Scott King Award for the illustration in her book I See the Rhythm. Michele lives in Georgia. Visit her website at www.michelewood.com.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802853868
ISBN-10: 0802853862
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 1st, 2012
Pages: 34
Language: English

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