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Stitch by Stitch: Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly Sews Her Way to Freedom



by
Connie Schofield-Morrison
illustrated by
Elizabeth Zunon

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Holiday House
ISBN
9780823439638
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Social Issue: Slavery in Historical Context , Violence: General
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An awe-inspiring African American woman! A talented seamstress, born a slave, bought freedom for herself and her son.

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born in 1818, enslaved to a Virginian plantation owner. As a teenager, Lizzie was sent to work as the only slave on a small plantation, where the work was endless, and the masters treated her with unspeakable cruelty. A new master, learning Lizzie could sew, sent her to work for a tailor, who paid the master, not Lizzie, for Lizzie’s work. The beautiful gowns that Lizzie created were displayed in the tailor’s window and soon attracted the attention of the wealthiest women in Virginia. Among them was Mrs. Jefferson Davis who also introduced Lizzy to Mary Todd Lincoln. Though Lizzie first had to borrow money from her wealthy patrons to buy her freedom, once she was free, she was able to earn money of her own and pay them all back.

Connie Morrison writes with straightforward honesty and clarity. This inspiring story about an unsung hero is beautifully illustrated with digital collage by Elizabeth Zunon.

Author’s note. Time line. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations created with mixed media including oil paint, paper, fabric, ribbon, embroidery, lace, and appliqué. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Social Issue: Slavery in Historical Context , Violence: General

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Dewey

B

AR

5.7: points 0.5

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2022

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography, Picture Book

Topics

Elizabeth Keckley (c. 1818–1907). Mary Todd Lincoln (1818–1882). African American women. US women slaves. Enslaved people. Dressmakers.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-5-This picture book biography is a heroine's journey from slavery to freedom. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Hobbs Keckly (1818-1907) was born into slavery in Virginia. She learned to read, write, and sew from her mother, amidst the brutality and sorrow of slavery. Lizzy became an accomplished seamstress and her skills enabled her to support herself and even buy her own freedom after 37 years of slavery. She established her own dress shop as a free woman and acquired high-profile clients, becoming First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker. Quotes from Lizzy's autobiography are scattered throughout the narrative, and are given a powerful presence on the page through the skillful use of text and font styles. Repetitive phrasing highlights the connection of her livelihood to her freedom. Readers can find out more about Lizzy's accomplishments, such as creating opportunities and associations for other African American women and children, in the author's notes, time line, and bibliography in the back matter. The illustrations are a remarkable collage of painted scenes that are combined with decorative paper, fabric, lace, ribbon, braid trim, and intricate embroidery. This creates a three-dimensional presentation that brings to life the creativity and craftsmanship of Lizzy's dresses. VERDICT A title that stitches together the journey of a determined and resilient heroine from the past. An essential purchase that will strengthen all biography collections.-Rita Christensen, Orem P.L., UT

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-5-This picture book biography is a heroine's journey from slavery to freedom. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Hobbs Keckly (1818-1907) was born into slavery in Virginia. She learned to read, write, and sew from her mother, amidst the brutality and sorrow of slavery. Lizzy became an accomplished seamstress and her skills enabled her to support herself and even buy her own freedom after 37 years of slavery. She established her own dress shop as a free woman and acquired high-profile clients, becoming First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker. Quotes from Lizzy's autobiography are scattered throughout the narrative, and are given a powerful presence on the page through the skillful use of text and font styles. Repetitive phrasing highlights the connection of her livelihood to her freedom. Readers can find out more about Lizzy's accomplishments, such as creating opportunities and associations for other African American women and children, in the author's notes, time line, and bibliography in the back matter. The illustrations are a remarkable collage of painted scenes that are combined with decorative paper, fabric, lace, ribbon, braid trim, and intricate embroidery. This creates a three-dimensional presentation that brings to life the creativity and craftsmanship of Lizzy's dresses. VERDICT A title that stitches together the journey of a determined and resilient heroine from the past. An essential purchase that will strengthen all biography collections.-Rita Christensen, Orem P.L., UT

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