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!

R

Hush: An Irish Princess’ Tale by Donna Jo Napoli

I read this about a month ago and never got around to writing a review. I think I was inbetween blog spaces at the time. Hopefully I can do the book justice.

In saying that, I really really loved this book. I have a thing for Irish history. I don’t know why, I just do. I think it has to do with my obsession with faeries and they mostly are thought of as an Irish thing.

This story follow Melkorka through her years as a princess and then a slave on a slave trading ship. Her family was attacked by Vikings and they had her and her sister leave their town to seek shelter at a nearby village. Unfortunately they were captured by the Viking ship and put into slavery. Melkorka’s sister made a daring attempt to flee and jumped overboard and Melkorka couldn’t get out in time to be with her. They never end up seeing each other again.

Once again this is a sad story, but with a heartfelt twist. Melkorka learns what real friendship is and how to adapt to certain environments. She also learns what real heroism is and how to stand up for herself and others.

I really enjoyed this, even though it didn’t have a happy ending. Napoli does an excellent job of description throughout the novel. I could picture everywhere the slave boat went and even picture all the characters. It was like watching a movie in my head. I definitely recommend this book and any others of Napoli.