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When night falls, and all is quiet, a slave girl starts to run. She follows the moon into the woods, leading her loved ones away from their master. There's only one place where he might not find them, and it's under the quilt of night.

Guided by the stars, they head north in the direction of freedom. At last, the girl sees a quilt — the quilt with a center square made from deep blue fabric — and knows it's a signal from friends on the Underground Railroad, welcoming her into their home. And so she steps forward...

Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome team up again, in this stunning companion to Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. Ransome's rich, powerful illustrations elicit all the emotion and suspense of Hopkinson's words, in a story that's sure to make your heart race and leave you breathless.

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"Dramatic oil paintings and compelling verse-like prose combine to portray the harsh yet hopeful experience of travel along the Underground Railroad. Hopkinson and Ransome revisit the theme of their first collaboration, Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. This time readers journey the precarious trail to freedom with a young runaway as she escapes to Canada via clandestine routes and dangerous nighttime treks. The intense opening spread features three panels showing her nameless family running for their lives by the light of the full moon, some shoeless or with only rags on their feet. (Subsequent pages show snarling dogs and overseers in hot pursuit.) The story comes to a formidable climax when they're almost discovered hiding in the back of a wagon. Hopkinson names each segment of the journey ('Running,' 'Waiting,' 'Hiding') and her narrative conveys the emotional and physical hardships of the trip ('Fear is so real, it lies here beside me'). The author connects the metaphorical protective quilt of night with folkloric elements (legend has it that quilts with blue center squares indicated safe houses on the Underground Railroad). Ransome fills in the characterizations with portraits that convey a strong familial connection and the kindness of the conductors along the way. This suspenseful story successfully introduces and sheds light on a pivotal chapter in America's history for youngest readers. Ages 5-10." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Award-winning duo Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome combine their talents once more for this sequel to the best-selling Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. Traveling late one night, a runaway slave girl spies a quilt hanging outside a house. The quilt's center is a striking deep blue — a sign that the people inside are willing to help her escape. Can she bravely navaigate the complex world of the Underground Railroad and lead her family to freedom?

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Award-winning duo Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome combine their talents once more for this sequel to the best-selling andlt;Iandgt;Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt.andlt;/Iandgt; Traveling late one night, a runaway slave girl spies a quilt hanging outside a house. The quilt's center is a striking deep blue — a sign that the people inside are willing to help her escape. Can she bravely navaigate the complex world of the Underground Railroad and lead her family to freedom?

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James E. Ransome's highly acclaimed illustrations for Let My People Go won the NAACP Image Award. His other award-winning titles include Coretta Scott King Honor Book Uncle Jed's Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell, Deborah Hopkinson's Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, and Satchel Paige, written by his wife, Lesa. Mr

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I have read this book for a Children's Literature class in college, and I find it wonderful. The illsutrations are excellent and even I get sucked into the storyline. Overall Great story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689877001
Author:
Ransome, James E.
Publisher:
Aladdin Paperbacks
Illustrator:
Ransome, James
Author:
Ransome, James E.
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Underground railroad
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Fugitive slaves
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B221
Publication Date:
January 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from K up to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in 5.985 oz
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
05-10

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Dramatic oil paintings and compelling verse-like prose combine to portray the harsh yet hopeful experience of travel along the Underground Railroad. Hopkinson and Ransome revisit the theme of their first collaboration, Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. This time readers journey the precarious trail to freedom with a young runaway as she escapes to Canada via clandestine routes and dangerous nighttime treks. The intense opening spread features three panels showing her nameless family running for their lives by the light of the full moon, some shoeless or with only rags on their feet. (Subsequent pages show snarling dogs and overseers in hot pursuit.) The story comes to a formidable climax when they're almost discovered hiding in the back of a wagon. Hopkinson names each segment of the journey ('Running,' 'Waiting,' 'Hiding') and her narrative conveys the emotional and physical hardships of the trip ('Fear is so real, it lies here beside me'). The author connects the metaphorical protective quilt of night with folkloric elements (legend has it that quilts with blue center squares indicated safe houses on the Underground Railroad). Ransome fills in the characterizations with portraits that convey a strong familial connection and the kindness of the conductors along the way. This suspenseful story successfully introduces and sheds light on a pivotal chapter in America's history for youngest readers. Ages 5-10." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Award-winning duo Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome combine their talents once more for this sequel to the best-selling Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. Traveling late one night, a runaway slave girl spies a quilt hanging outside a house. The quilt's center is a striking deep blue — a sign that the people inside are willing to help her escape. Can she bravely navaigate the complex world of the Underground Railroad and lead her family to freedom?
"Synopsis" by , Award-winning duo Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome combine their talents once more for this sequel to the best-selling andlt;Iandgt;Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt.andlt;/Iandgt; Traveling late one night, a runaway slave girl spies a quilt hanging outside a house. The quilt's center is a striking deep blue — a sign that the people inside are willing to help her escape. Can she bravely navaigate the complex world of the Underground Railroad and lead her family to freedom?
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