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Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt (Picture Book)
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER, grandmother and granddaughter, aunt and niece, friend and friend. For a hundred years, generations of women from Gee’s Bend have quilted together, sharing stories, trading recipes, singing hymns—all the while stitchin’ and pullin’ thread through cloth. Every day Baby Girl listens, watches, and waits, until she’s called to sit at the quilting frame. Piece by piece, she puzzles her quilt together—telling not just her story, but the story of her family, the story of Gee’s Bend, and the story of her ancestors’ struggle for freedom.
||Random House Books for Young Readers|
||October 28, 2008|
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Gee's Bend GirlMay 27, 2009
By Catherine W. Hughes
A young girl in Gee's Bend, Alabama makes her first Quilt of Gee's Bend quilt. From picking out the cloth for memories, to using all of every scrap, to puzzling the picture, to telling a story, to feeling the colors and painting a poem with fabric, this quilt is a story of determination, courage, strength, emotion and family. As the young girl says when she completes her first quilt, "Quilts are about me, where I live, and the people who have been here for generations." Children ages 5-8 will appreciate this book about Gee's Bend and its now-famous tradition of quilting.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
This is a beautiful book about young girl who learns to quilt and the importance of the work to her family and community!Oct 21, 2009
By D. Fowler
Gee's Bend was one of those old time, out of the way places that no one had ever heard of except maybe the people who lived there. A long, long time ago it was a place where there were plantations. The white slave owners ruled the roost so to speak, but after the Civil War the slaves became tenant farmers and later became proud owners of the land. It was a place where things didn't change much, including the way quilts were made. It was a community that remained hidden away, unchanged until rediscovered more than a hundred years later.
Little girls often were out of sight, quietly listening, underneath the quilting frame while their elders worked. Baby Girl remembered "the warm brown faces of [her] mama, grandma, and great-gran as they sewed, talked, sang, and laughed" above her. All the quilts had memories. Her Mama told her that "cloth has a memory." The quilts were pieced together from the clothing of family members. The day soon came when Baby Girl would be ready to make her own quilt. To the women of Gee's Bend this was a rite of passage. Baby Girl's cousin Ashlyn, from New York thought that was too country and nonsensical, but Baby Girl knew differently. Many of the town's quilts became museum pieces, but hers was one that she would lovingly create and use.
This is a beautiful creative nonfiction story of a young girl who learns to quilt and the importance of the work to her family and community. The story is interspersed with dollops of history about Gee's Bend and our country's black leadership passed down by Baby Girl's elders. It's a wonderful book to read about the heritage of our country and its traditions and discuss your family history with your own child!
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Enlightening and engagingJun 27, 2012
As a quilter and sewing instructor, I look for books that will capture children's interest in sewing. I have a special interest in the quilts of Gee's Bend, and this book was just as interesting for me to read as it was for the children. younger kids are captivated by the colorful illustrations, and older kids can follow the story and learn some of the history of the quiltmakers' community and families. I highly recommend this book to those who want to share their love of sewing and quilting with younger generations.
So glad to have this book!Feb 07, 2011
Being a huge fan of Gee's Bend Quilt makers and a quilter myself, I really do appreciate having this book in my library. It is well done and is a good history lesson, as well as a story about unique homemade quilts that became recognized as a regional art form.