Soonie’s great-grandma was once just seven years old when she was once sold to a large plantation without her mum and dad, and with just a few fabric and needles to call her own. She pieced together bright patches with names like North Star and Crossroads, patches with secret meanings made into quilts known as Show Ways — maps for slaves to follow to freedom. When she grew up and had a little girl, she passed on this knowledge. And generations later, Soonie — who was once born free — taught her own daughter sew beautiful quilts to be sold at market and read.
From slavery to freedom, through segregation, freedom marches and the fight for literacy, the tradition they known as Show Way has been passed down by the women in Jacqueline Woodson’s circle of relatives in an effort to understand that the past and celebrate the possibilities of the future. Beautifully rendered in Hudson Talbott’s luminous art, this moving, lyrical account pays tribute to women whose strength and knowledge remove darkness from their daughters’ lives.
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