ABBIE IN STITCHES
New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006
IL K-3, RL 2.7
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]
Embroidery -- Fiction.
Schools -- History -- Fiction.
New York (State) -- History -- Fiction.
Education -- History.