Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Book Review - Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist

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About the Book
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.

My Take on the Book
This book provides such a great glimpse into the life of this interesting and innovative artist.  loved all of the beautiful patchwork creations that she made that told so many stories and so did my daughters. With both of my daughter loving art what was fun was that this showed them that art was much more than just pen or brush on paper and that artwork tells a story with each stitch, in this case, that was sewn. A wonderful story with great illustrations that you will love sharing with your own children!

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