Sunday, September 12, 2021

~ MMGM QUILTS OF 50 STATES FEATURE ~

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~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY SOCIAL STUDIES
FEATURE ~
--  NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S
'QUILTS OF 50 STATES:
PIECING TOGETHER AMERICA'  -- 
AUTHORS:  ADRIENNE YORINKS &
50 LIBRARIANS FROM ACROSS THE NATION
 
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ABOUT THE BOOK {FROM GOODREADS]:

There is no book quite like Quilt of States—the unique combination of handmade quilts with the voice of each state heard through the writing of one of the state's librarians to illustrate the coming together of the United States of America.Using one of the only two original American folk art forms—quilting (jazz is the other)—Adrienne Yorinks demonstrates her amazing talent for using quilts not only as art, but as information sources. Her work illustrates the history of our country and is accompanied by the words of librarians from every state in the Union.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR {FROM AMAZON.COM}:

Adrienne Yorinks is an accomplished illustrator and fabric designer. She has illustrated many childrens and adult books with her quilts. In addition to her work on books, she designs fabrics for a textile company in New York City.

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MORE ABOUT THE BOOK {FROM AMAZON.COM}:

From School Library Journal:

Grade 3-8–The United States is stitched together chronologically in this stunning book that features a quilted spread for each state. Yorinks enlisted a librarian from each state to contribute a short entry to point up a few significant facts that add to the tapestry of the emerging nation. Readers will learn, for example, that in 1732, James Oglethorpe wanted to establish a refuge for debtors and a slave-free state, but despite his best intentions, Georgia soon began using slave labor. Also, President Abraham Lincoln wanted Nevada to become a state for two reasons–most residents favored the Union and opposed slavery, and Nevada's silver could help pay for war expenses. A Historical Introduction and A Note from the Author/Illustrator explain the artist's process in selecting contributors to the book and in choosing appropriate fabrics for each state. An appendix of State Facts includes the date each entered the Union along with state symbols, a fun fact, and its claim to fame. The quilted representations are not only artistically intricate and beautiful, but also informative. A handsome book to linger over and learn from.–Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

 

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MY REVIEW:
 
September is National Sewing Month, so I wanted to post about a sewing book for children sometime this month. The only problem is that I have already posted about all of the sewing books I own and all of the ones I knew of in our library system. Until . . . 
 
I found this National Geographic book in the catalog when I narrowed my search to 'quilts' in the Children's collection. Success!
 
As you read in the 'About the Book' section above the author, Adrienne Yorinks, dreamed up a collaboration with 50 librarians from across America. She would design and make the quilts while a librarian from each state would write a small history of the state he/she represents. I feel that this collaboration was a great success!
 
Each state's blurb includes the date it became a state of the Union, the state capital, and a brief history of the state. The quilt square the author designed includes a fabric outline of the state with the capital marked with a blue and fabric pictures of important landmarks of the state, animals and crops from the state, etc.
 
For my home state of California, the author included an orange slice, palm tree, grapes, artichokes, golden poppies, and a first-generation desktop computer--you know, the ones with the huge monitor on a platform? 
 
For Louisiana, she included a bottle of hot sauce, pelicans, magnolia flowers, strawberries, a trumpet, and a Mardi Gras mask. Colorado is represented by a dairy cow, a mountain lake scene with elk, a green apple, and that same first-generation desktop computer as was in the California quilt square.  
 
Besides being a lot of fun to look through, I learned a lot from this book about the history of our nation's 49 states other than California. There are also several quilted maps of the United States of America as it grew and changed over the years until our 50th state, Hawaii, was added in August, 1959.

Back matter features a text listing of 'State Facts' shown in alphabetical order and including the date of statehood, state slogan/nickname, state tree, state flower, state bird, fun fact, and a state claim to fame. Each contributor has a thumbnail bio preceding the note from the author/illustrator. In her note, the author/illustrator includes details of how she made the quilt squares. 

Along with all of the great information about the states that is documented here, I think this book would be a fun 'I Spy' type of activity book for small groups of children to work on together.
 
Highly-recommended for librarians, classroom teachers, families, and children who enjoy learning about history.
 
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Writing news from June:
 

The sixth episode in my children's story collection, 'Banjo and More Anytime Stories for Children', has been released on Kindle Vella.

'Kelly's Cooking School' is a mathematics-themed story where two siblings learn how to be geometers in the kitchen. This story includes a simple, original food recipe for families to work on together.

🌞🌟 Link for 'Banjo and More Anytime Stories for Children' is:

https://www.amazon.com/Banjo-More-Anytime.../dp/B0999N5XKM/

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Find the links to read more great Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts from middle-grade authors and bloggers at Greg Pattridge's 'Always in the Middle' Blog. 
 

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6 comments:

  1. Glad you found the right book to post for National Sewing Month. This one sounds fabulous. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  2. What a great idea for a book and quite an undertaking! I think this would make a great Christmas gift. Thanks for featuring on MMGM

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  3. What a fascinating book that represents the entire nation. Loved how the author involved other librarians. Am curious what she said about my state. This is such an excellent resource book for teachers, scout leaders etc. And, I imagine quilters will be at the top of the list wanting to pour through the pages. Great choice!

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  4. Sounds like a fun and interesting book. I love trivia and history. Would like to see what she included about West Virginia. Thanks for telling us about it.

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  5. I love the concept of this book—creating a quilt for each state is such a clever idea, and I would be curious to see what the different librarians said about each state! Thanks for the great review, and congrats on your newest Kindle Vella release!

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  6. National Sewing Month, eh? I had no idea. This sounds like a fun book. I will try to check it out. Congrats on your Kindle release.

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