A modern day story rich in history and tradition. A wonderful tribute to the skill and dedication of the sweetgrass basketweavers of Mt. Pleasant, SC who have preserved from extinction an age-old African craft.
Keisha is fascinated by the sweetgrass baskets Grandma weaves and sells in her roadside stand. When Grandma agrees to teach her how to make her own basket, Keisha learns about much more than just basket weaving. She learns about her family s great heritage.
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Ages 5^-9. Anyone who has visited South Carolina has seen the sweetgrass baskets sold in the marketplaces and along the road. Clary uses a conversation between a basket weaver and her young granddaughter, who wants to learn the skill, as a vehicle for explaining how the baskets are woven and their African-based history. Unfortunately, the text is rarely less than didactic, and there's never any sense that these are real people rather than just mouthpieces. Still, sweetgrass basket weaving is becoming a lost art, and it is nice to have this information in a book, even an imperfect one. Brown's gentle paintings go a long way in softening the story's rough edges. Ilene Cooper
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Book Description Sandlapper Pub Co, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110878441271
Book Description Sandlapper Pub Co, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0878441271