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---from the publisher
48 pages 978-0399549502 Ages 5-9
Keywords; poetry, poems, quilts, girls and women, family, African American, African American author, diverse books, diversity, history, sewing, identity, heritage, Black Lives Matter, traditions, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old
This collection of poems that tell the story of the quilt-making community in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, is now available as a Dragonfly paperback.
For generations, the women of Gee’s Bend have made quilts to keep a family warm, as a pastime accompanied by sharing and singing, or to memorialize loved ones. Today, the same quilts hang on museum walls as modern masterpieces of color and design.
Inspired by these quilts and the women who made them, award-winning author Patricia C. McKissack traveled to Alabama to learn their stories. The lyrical rite-of-passage narrative that is the result of her journey seamlessly weaves together the familial, cultural, spiritual, and historical strands of life in this community.---from the publisher
See also: The Quilts of Gee's Bend by Susan Goldman Rubin; The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story; Belle The Last Mule at Gee's Bend: A Civil Right's Story: The Quilt Story by Tony Johnston