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Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

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Woodson, J., & Talbott, H. (ill.) (2005). Show way. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. ISBN: 9780399237492

Annotation: The making of quilts to “Show Way” to freedom is a tradition passed through the author’s family for over 150 years, tying each woman to all the women who came before.

Reaction: This book was really powerful, and I love the way Woodson told her personal family history. I love the way quilting was passed down in her family and symbolized hope and African-Americans’ fight for freedom.

The art is beautiful and textured. Talbott really captured the patchwork of quilting and the importance of family and personal history. The quilt pieces are bright spots of color in often otherwise dark illustrations.

I think this book would be great as part of a 5th or 6th grade history unit. Woodson’s family history could spark really great discussion about heritage and honoring one’s roots.

Media Used: Multimedia, including watercolors, chalk, muslin, workshirts and bermuda shorts on Arches cold-press watercolor paper.

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Illustrator’s Website


One thought on “Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

  1. So glad that you shared this book, it’s just the kind of resource I’ve been looking for. I’ve been researching quilting as a historical form of resistance and storytelling in relation to the use of arpilleras and embroidery in Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship–I’m working on creating simple lesson plans to connect U.S. history to this period of Chilean history. Thanks!


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