SWEET CLARA AND THE FREEDOM QUILT by Deborah Hopkinson

SWEET CLARA AND THE FREEDOM QUILT

Age Range: 5 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

 When Sweet Clara, not yet 12, is taken from her mother and sent from North Farm to Home Plantation as a field hand, she's put in the care of ``Aunt Rachel,'' not ``my for-real blood aunt, but she did her best.'' Fearing for Clara's health, Rachel teaches her to sew and is lucky enough to get her a place in the Big House, where Clara listens, learns, and saves scraps that she eventually pieces into a map-quilt showing the way to the Ohio and freedom. The troubles Clara escapes are so muted here that her accomplishment seems almost too easy; in a straightforward narrative flavored with dialect, she mentions that recaptured slaves might be beaten and describes her grief at leaving her mother, but Ransome's moving depiction of the hug when the two are reunited on the way north is a more poignant clue to the pain of their separation. What's emphasized are Clara's resolve and creativity and the accomplishment of winning her freedom; in the same vein, Ransome depicts the characters as sturdy, purposeful, and mutually supportive and sets them in colorful landscapes eloquently proclaiming the earth's beauty. A well-told, handsomely illustrated story that effectively dramatizes young Clara's perseverance and courage. (Young Reader/Picture book. 5- 10)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-679-82311-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1993




MORE BY DEBORAH HOPKINSON

ChildrenCOURAGE & DEFIANCE by Deborah Hopkinson
by Deborah Hopkinson
ChildrenTHE GREAT TROUBLE by Deborah Hopkinson
by Deborah Hopkinson
Children<i>TITANIC</i> by Deborah Hopkinson
by Deborah Hopkinson

MORE BY JAMES E. RANSOME

ChildrenJOLTIN' JOE DIMAGGIO by Jonah Winter
by Jonah Winter
ChildrenLIGHT IN THE DARKNESS by Lesa Cline-Ransome
by Lesa Cline-Ransome

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenALL DIFFERENT NOW by Angela Johnson
by Angela Johnson