Age 4-8
Grade 1-3

Margot Theis Raven, E. B. Lewis

Circle Unbroken

Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) March 1, 2004) , 1 edition

Keeping the African heritage alive

As she teaches her granddaughter to sew a traditional sweetgrass basket, a grandmother weaves a story, going back generations to her old-timey grandfather's village in faraway Africa. There, as a boy, he learned to make baskets so tightly woven they could hold the rain. Even after being stolen away to a slave ship bound for America, he remembers what he learned and passes these memories on to his children - as they do theirs, so that

. . . when your fingers talk just right
that circle will go out and out again -
past slavery and freedom, old ways and new,
and your basket will hold the past . . .

This powerful picture book, with its rhythmic text and evocative paintings, spirals through time, becoming a triumphant song - a rich story of a craft, a culture, and a people.

Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards)
0374312893 / 9780374312893
17.6 oz.
9.9 x 0.5 in.

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