Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

Title: Show Way

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Illustrator: Hudson Talbott

Publisher: G.P. Putnams Sons

Published Date: 2005

This is the story of Woodson’s family line on her mother’s side. It starts out with her great-grandmother Soonie’s great-grandmother. The women were sold as children to slave owner’s and learned how to sew quilts. These quilts were picture maps on how other slaves could get from the South to the North and be free. Each woman learned the craft and it was taught generation to generation up until Ms. Woodson teaches her daughter. It also follows history of slavery to civil war to civil rights to today.

Awesome story about the history of slavery and tradition. Although the quilts are no longer needed to get slaves to freedom, the tradition of the quilts are still passed on and make a living. Each woman learning to become stronger and wiser as the generations go on. No words can describe how great of a story this is. The illustrations are amazing as well. The images tell a story all of their own, yet complete the story that is told. Remarkable.

Happy Reading!