Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Cotten, Cynthia.
New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006
IL K-3, RL 2.7
ISBN 0374300046
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Back in the days before sewing machines and malls, women were expected to make their own clothes and those of their families.  Girls were taught to sew from a very young age.  One way a girl could show off her sewing ability is by stitching a sampler.  You have probably seen pictures of these.  They usually had the letters of the alphabet and the numbers stitched on a piece of cloth.  There was also a picture and maybe a saying.  Well, Abbie is living in New York State in the 1820 and she is expected to sew a sampler.  But Abbie would rather read than sew.  Girls were not expected to read but they were expected to be able to sew.  Do you think Abbie will get her own way?

[NB have a sampler or a picture of one to show the children]

SUBJECTS:     Embroidery -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- History -- Fiction.
                        New York (State) -- History -- Fiction.
                        Education -- History.
                        Historical fiction.

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