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Stitching Stars: the Story Quilts of Harriet Powers (African-American Artists and Artisans) Paperback – Dec 1997

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  • Paperback: 41 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Inc; 1st Aladdin Paperbacks Ed edition (Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068981707X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689817076
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 0.5 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,043,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An illustrated biography of the African American quilter who made quilts of her favorite Bible stories and folktales.

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A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES/CHILDREN'S BOOK COUNCIL); Jefferson Cup Series Award (VIRGINIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
Although this book is for 8 - 11 year olds, and can be read as a story, it is factual and interestingly written and will appeal to all ages. As an artist, I discovered a picture of her bible quilt and wanted to find out more about Harriet Powers. This book has told me so much about her life, her family and her wonderful faith, the inspiration of her beautifully stitched quilts, which are personal and historical records. Whether you are an artist, student or anyone interested in sewing or slavery, I am sure this will have great appeal.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Writing History with Needle and Thread 28 May 2000
By E. Kathleen Wallace - Published on
Format: Paperback
Although a small book, its' historical content is indeed large and informative. This book has been rated at an appropiate reading level for 9-12, however I enjoy it as an adult. Impoverished and denied the written word, Harriet Powers needs to be added to our ever-growing list of "Sheroes". A former slave, she was able to recreate Biblical events in cloth, without ever having seen many of the creatures she dipicted;ie. the whale, in Jonah and the Whale, or the animals on the Ark. One has only to compare her applique work to that of the Dahomey story cloths, to see a definite link to our stolen history. I referrenced this book ,along with others, as a critical part of a term paper of the same name as my above title. I reccomend this book to anyone interested in history, as well as quilts. I thank Mary E. Lyons for giving us this prized possesion.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lost History Recovered 15 May 2008
By mkeillor - Published on
Format: Paperback
Mary Lyons has added a gem to African-American history by giving us the forgotten story of Harriet Powers and reminds us of the importance of both artisanship and storytelling for a culture. She has written it in such a way that children can appreciate the hardships endured by those who have gone before, and makes us all want to go to the Smithsonian or the Museum of Fine Arts Boston to see Powers' quilts!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Quilting/Applique 24 Aug. 2010
By C. Boykin - Published on
Format: Paperback
A historical story for both children and adults.The beauty and amazement of the quilt lies in her Biblical appliques.
History of an African-American slave quilter 13 Sept. 2013
By Theodora M. Johnson - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Book has good pictures, but accompanying text MUST be read several times to understand or visualize quilter's folk art character portrayals, human & nonhuman. They are folksy Bible & spiritually based. Like many slave artists, much is unknown about Harriet Powers. Author did research stories of other slaves; older African-American quilters; their descendents; and oral stories which Harriet did and/or could have experienced. Shows strength & richness of one slave woman. Book would be enriched with larger size; simple text Glad through acts of providence quilts survive & are in Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.
A very interesting read and good info on African/Am quilt history 12 Jan. 2015
By Beth Wahl - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A very interesting read and good info on African/Am quilt history.
Since we were in the Boston area for Christmas, we attempted to go to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see Harriet Powers quilt which this book says in on display there. Fortunately, we had the good sense to call ahead to be sure it's still there. We were told it was not currently displayed. Very disappointing, and odd that the museum would not correct the written text alluding to their display of the quilt.
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