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Under the Quilt of Night [Hardcover]

By James E. Ransome (Illustrator) & Deborah Hopkinson (Author)
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Item description for Under the Quilt of Night by James E. Ransome & Deborah Hopkinson...

Tells of one girl's escape from slavery into freedom via the Underground Railroad, through treacherous terrain and under cover of darkness, in order to reach a home where a special quilt hangs to show that she has reached a safe destination.

Publishers Description
When night falls, and all is quiet, a slave girl starts to run. She follows the moon into the woods, leading her loved ones away from their master. There's only one place where he might not find them, and it's under the quilt of night.
Guided by the stars, they head north in the direction of freedom. At last, the girl sees a quilt -- the quilt with a center square made from deep blue fabric -- and knows it's a signal from friends on the Underground Railroad, welcoming her into their home. And so she steps forward...
Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome team up again, in this stunning companion to "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt." Ransome's rich, powerful illustrations elicit all the emotion and suspense of Hopkinson's words, in a story that's sure to make your heart race and leave you breathless.

Awards and Recognitions
Under the Quilt of Night by James E. Ransome & Deborah Hopkinson has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Charlotte Award - 2004 Nominee - Primary category
  • Black-Eyed Susan Award - 2003-2004 Nominee - Picture Book category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Under the Quilt of Night by James E. Ransome & Deborah Hopkinson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 332
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 11/01/2001 page 1550
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/26/2001 page 61
  • Booklist - 12/15/2001 page 717
  • School Library Journal - 01/01/2002 page 102
  • Bookpage - 02/01/2002 page 30
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks - 02/01/2002 page 208
  • Booklist - 02/15/2002 page 1034
  • Christian Home & School - 05/01/2002 page 28
  • Horn Book Magazine - 07/01/2002 page 447
  • Multicultural Review - 09/01/2002 page 110
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2002 page 332
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2003 page 81

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.22" Width: 8.74" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2002
Publisher   Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books
Age  5-10
ISBN  0689822278  
ISBN13  9780689822278  

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More About James E. Ransome & Deborah Hopkinson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James E. Ransome's highly acclaimed illustrations for "Let My People Go" won the NAACP Image Award. His other award-winning titles include Coretta Scott King Honor Book "Uncle Jed's Barbershop" by Margaree King Mitchell, Deborah Hopkinson's "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt", and "Satchel Paige, " written by his wife, Lesa. Mr. Ransome teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in upstate New York with his family. Visit James at

James E. Ransome has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Paula Wiseman Books

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1800s
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Multicultural Stories > African-American
4Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

Reviews - What do customers think about Under the Quilt of Night?

Poetry on the run  May 19, 2008
This beautifully written book is poetry and artwork, sharing a significant story we all need to hear.
Poetry Quilt  Feb 18, 2008
Under the Quilt of Night is a wonderful example of poetry following the escape of slaves on the underground Railroad. Excellent example of voice for young writers. Beautiful pictures.
Under the Quilt of Night  Sep 14, 2006
I use this book on a reqular basis with my 5th grade class when we are discussing slavery and the Underground RR. It is an awesom book. We also read The Barefoot!
Under the Quilt of Night  Oct 17, 2005
Excellent, very informative and well written, illustrations are vivid and colorful
History Retold...  Jan 23, 2005
UNDER THE QUILT OF NIGHT, written by Deborah Hopkinson, is a wonderful story of the journeys taken by slaves long ago on their path to freedom. A runaway girl flees with other slaves during the darkness of night, waiting, listening, and looking for the opportunity to continue fleeing toward safety. When she spots a quilt hanging outside a house, she knows she's found a safe house in which she will be fed and sheltered. At the end of their travels, they meet freedom.

This is a wonderful story capturing events I'm sure happened many nights during the times of slavery. The writing flows fluidly and is set up in several poem-like passages throughout the book. The illustrations are wonderful, clearly showing the darkness of the night, the emotions of the characters, as well as the symbolic nature of their plight. This is a book I'd highly recommend to parents, teachers, and librarians for older children as everyone should study and know about The Underground Railroad.

Children at the lower end of the projected age range may not enjoy the book as much if reading alone because the colors are more somber than most kids' books. However, if read with an adult or coupled with lessons on the Underground Railroad, it may be more enjoyable to them.

Reviewed by Tee C. Royal
of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers

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