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Circle Unbroken (Hardback)
Circle Unbroken (Hardback)
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By Margot Theis Raven-- Ages 6-up. This powerful picture book, with its rhythmic text and evocative paintings, spirals through time, becoming a triumphant song - a rich story of a craft, a culture, and a people. A grandmother shares family stories with her granddaughter while demonstrating the techniques of making the famous Gullah coiled basket. In West Africa, Grandmother’s “old-timey” grandfather lived on the riverbanks near rice fields where he learned the art of weaving baskets. When grandfather was captured and transported to South Carolina as a slave, he continued sewing baskets in the traditional way. Today, tourists to the Sea Islands in South Carolina can buy baskets woven by descendants of slaves brought to America. An author’s note provides excellent details about the history of the sweetgrass “coil” or Gullah basket, its history on Africa’s West Coast, and its journey to the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia. Full color pictures throughout. Hardback, 48 pages.