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Abbie in Stitches

A Needle Pulling Thread - Sewing in Storybooks

As a children’s librarian with a passionate love of worn quilts, my grandmother’s Bernina, bright craft felt, jars of buttons, stacks of cotton fat quarters, and rows of colored threads, it’s hardly surprising that I took notice of the following books for children released during the past few years. I hope you will take them into your home (and heart) as well!

Abbie in Stitches

written by Cynthia Cotten and illustrated by Beth Peck

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006

Abbie would much rather read than learn the “womanly” arts appropriate in the nineteenth

century, but finds herself rewarded in unexpected ways when she rebelliously expresses her love of books through her embroidery.

Fanny

by Holly Hobbie

New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2008

When denied a store-bought fashion doll that her mother deems “too much,” Fanny sews her own doll, which receives a lukewarm reception from her friends. Can high fashion and homemade ever really play nicely together?

The Elephant Quilt

written by Susan Lowell and illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008

Lily Rose and her grandmother record the family’s journey by wagon to California

in their collaborative patchwork quilt.

Stitchin’ and Pullin’

written by Patricia McKissack and illustrated by Cozbi Cabrera

New York: Random House, 2008

This emotional book of poetry celebrates the art quilts created by the women of Gees Bend through the observations of Baby Girl, who remembers important moments in her family’s history as shown in fiber art.


Fanny by Holly Hobbie
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