Sweet Clara and the Freedom QuiltBy
Written by Deborah Hopkinson, Illustrated By James Ransome
What if you were a child during the terrible time period of slavery? How would you endure the hardship and challenges?
This book is a realistic portrayal of a young girl named “Sweet Clara”. At the age of 12, she’s taken from her mother to work on another plantation as a field hand. But her kind “aunt” Rachel has a plan to get her away from that difficult and back-breaking work. She teaches young Clara how to sew.
As a young seamstress in the big house, Clara hears about many things in larger world around her, such as the Underground Railroad and the prospect of freedom in Canada. But how can a young girl without a plan or a map hope to make it to freedom?
Clara finds a way to combine her sewing skills with both courage and patience and the chance to make a break toward freedom appears. Can her quilt guide her and the ones she loves to a place of safety and peace? Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt is an unforgettable story sure to inspire readers of any age or background.
2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt!
As a seamstress in the Big House, Clara dreams of a reunion with her Momma, who lives on another plantation--and even of running away to freedom. Then she overhears two slaves talking about the Underground Railroad. In a flash of inspiration, Clara sees how she can use the cloth in her scrap bag to make a map of the land--a freedom quilt--that no master will ever suspect.