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Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist
by Barbara Herkert

Sewing stories tells the story of Harriet Powers, who learned to sew and quilt surrounded by women who sewed on a Georgia plantation. Harriet learned quilting as a young girl and she grew into a skilled artist. After the Civil War she had to selling two "story quilts" to make ends meet. Harriets quilts get large-scale reproductions on the endpapers.

Today two of Harriets quilts hang in the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Historical details are provded throughout the book on a background of fabric patches with information about the lives of slaves during the Civil War.

Included at the end of the book is a black and white photo of Harriet Powers and biographical information. Harriet's journey from slave to artist is told with expressive language, attention to detail, and illustrations reminiscent of folk art quilts. A wonderful book!

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Hibernation Theme

Hibernation Theme Folder

33 pages of hibernation learning fun. Information about animals that hibernate, which animals hibernate, and why animals hibernate. Grade 1.

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Dinosaurs Activity Theme

50 pages of dinosaur learning fun for grades pre-1.

Includes mini books "One Friendly Dinosaur" and "Colorful Dinosaurs".

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Thanksgiving Alphabet Mini Book. Half-sheets. Print and reproduce for students to put together. Each page contains a picture to color and sentence to copy. Example: M is for Mayflower. Ages: Pre-1

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