The Fine Arts Museum is having an exhibit of Quilts in Gallery 1 this fall.
At the same time in Galleries 2 & 3 they will have a Smithsonian traveling
exhibit about Duke Ellington, this will tie into the Jazz Festival. The
educator has asked me to recommend some books for her to include in her
teachers guide (elementary level) as recommendations, so that teachers could
use literature to tie into the exhibit and extend it in their classrooms.
For Quilts I have
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
The Folks in the Valley a Pennsylvania Dutch ABC by Jim Aylesworth (uses
"quilt squares" for illustrations)
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
For Duke Ellington I have
Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora
Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney (great illustrations)
Duke Ellington Getting to know the World Greatest Composers by Children's
There was a neat book I read awhile back about a girl who was a slave. She
worked as a seamstress in the main house. Using scraps of fabric she was
given she created a quilt that was really a map that led slaves to the first
station on the Underground Railroad. Does anyone recognize this book?
Also I read a short bio of Faith Ringgold that talked about some of her
neighbors in Harlem. One was a jazz musician, but I can't remember if it was
Duke Ellington. I think the timing would be wrong. I thought the bio was at
the back of one of her books but I can't find it.
Do you have any books you would recommend to tie into these two themes?
Kimberly Herbert (kimberly)
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum
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