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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.


Abbie in Stitches by Cynthia Cotten
Amazon Says: It’s the early 1800s, and Abbie’s sister, Sarah, is a proper young lady who loves needlework. She has already made a sampler displaying her neat and even stitching. But wh more...
Amazon Says: It’s the early 1800s, and Abbie’s sister, Sarah, is a proper young lady who loves needlework. She has already made a sampler displaying her neat and even stitching. But when it becomes time for Abbie to make her sampler, she despairs – she hates needlework and would much rather curl up with one of the books on Papa’s shelf. How will she ever get through the long, tedious hours of needlework? And how can she pick a subject for a picture to sew when she really doesn’t care about the sampler at all? After considering what’s really important to her, Abbie completes the sampler in a way that is all her own.   Lovely pastel illustrations accompany this story about a girl who is not afraid to speak (or sew) what’s really on her mind – that she would rather be reading.  Abbie in Stitches is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year. less...
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