Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
Hopkinson, Deborah; Ransome, James E. (Illustrator)

As a seamstress in the Big House, Clara is luckier than the slaves who work the fields. Still, she dreams of a reunion with her Momma, who lives on another plantation-and even of running away to freedom. Then she hears two slaves talking about how they could find the Underground Railroad if only they had a map. 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. Drawn from true incidents in African-American history, this is a compelling and emotionally charged picture book.


Clara, a young slave, stitches a quilt with a map pattern showing the way to freedom in the North.

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