Saturday, January 5, 2013

a Colcha de Martha Ann para la Reina Victoria by Kyra E. Hicks

Martha Ann is twelve years old when Papa finally saves enough money to purchase her freedom from slavery. In 1830, the family leaves east Tennessee to begin a new life in Liberia. On market days, Martha Ann watches the British navy patrolling the Liberian coast to stop slave catchers from kidnapping her family and friends and forcing them back into slavery. Martha Ann decides to thank Queen Victoria in person for sending the navy. But first, she must determine how to make the 3,500-mile voyage to England, find a suitable gift for the Queen, and withstand the ridicule of family and friends who learn of her impossible dream. Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria is the true story of Martha Ann Ricks, an ex-slave who spent fifty years saving spare coins to fulfill her dream of meeting the Queen of England.

About The Author

Kyra E. Hicks is a marketing professional and quilter. She was so mesmerized after seeing Eva Ungar Grudin's 1990 exhibition, "Stitching Memories: African-American Story Quilts," that she began to teach herself to create her own quilts. "I found my voice that afternoon in the museum," she remembers. Today, Kyra's quilts have been included in more than forty exhibitions in venues such as the American Craft Museum in New York, the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in Hartford. She hosts the African American quilting news blog, Black Threads.

My Review:

I received this sweet book from LibraryThing, only problem is that it is in Spanish, and I do not speak Spanish. I had my Grandson try and translate this to me. This is the story of Martha Ann Ricks, who's father saved and purchased her freedom from slavery.
The family moved from Tennessee to Liberia. Having the 14 year old read this to me, and him learning about slavery, made the book even more memorable. He was impressed with her desire to meet Queen Victoria, and presenting the beautiful quilt. The illustrations are wonderful, and we enjoyed looking at the quilt. Kyra Hicks has down a wonderful job with this story. We both enjoyed it!!

I received a copy of this book from the author, and was not required to give a positive review.

1 comment:

  1. Maureen, I wanted to leave a comment for the Rafflecopter drawing. couldn't find any place except here. I would sure like to win the 4 books you are giving away. They all are some I've been trying to win with no success. Maybe this time will be mine. I don't care for the Rafflecopter but too many are changing. I liked the old way, LOL Guess I don't like changes. It is just harder some times. What do I want to read? It is hard to name just one for there are so many good ones. I would like to read Memory Jat by Tricia Goyer for one. MAXIE ( )