Grades 3 - 5
Grade level Equivalent: 6.1
Lexile® Measure: AD1050L
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: NR
- General Fiction
- Social Studies
- Character and Values
- African American
- World History
About This BookKeeping 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.