McKissack Book: Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt

March 4, 2009

Another Patricia McKissack book (her latest!) we’d like to feature on Can You Imagine?: Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt.MrsMcKissack

You can listen to Pat describe- in her own words- learning about Gee’s Bend, researching quilting, and the book writing process! Click here to hear to an interview she had in February 2009 with Barbara Gray, contributor of the radio show Around Cincinnati.

School Library Journal from
The rural Alabama community of Gee’s Bend is widely recognized for its unique quilts. Although the women have been quilting for over a century, their work was unknown until art historian William Arnett discovered it about 20 years ago. Stitchin’ and Pullin’ is the modern-day story of Baby Girl, who grows from a child playing beneath her elders’ quilting frame to becoming a member of the intergenerational circle, piecing together her first quilt. McKissack’s free-verse narrative shares the rich heritage of the Gee’s Bend artisans as Baby Girl selects the fabrics that have significance to her and her family and finds the “heart” of her quilt. She speaks about the meaning of colors and patterns and what they bring to a quilt. The story is full of love and spirit. [Cozbi A.] Cabrera’s acrylic paintings depict the richness of tradition and strength of character as connections are made between fabric and history. Readers will enjoy the slow cadence of verse as they pause to consider history through the eyes of the people who lived it and the legacy that is passed on to the next generation.-Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO


  • ISBN: 0375831630
  • ISBN-13: 9780375831638
  • Format: Hardcover, 48pp
  • Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
  • Pub. Date: October 2008
  • Sales Rank: 86,482
  • Age Range: 6 to 10
  • Series: Picture Book

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