Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Circle Unbroken

Circle Unbroken

Margot Theis Raven; Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

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As she teaches her granddaughter to sew a traditional sweetgrass basket, a grandmother weaves a story, going back generations to her grandfather's village in faraway Africa. There, as a boy, he learned to make baskets so tightly woven they could hold the rain. Even after being stolen away to a slave ship bound for America, he remembers what he learned and passes these memories on to his children - as they do theirs.

NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML, Booklist Editors' Choice, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy


Praise for Circle Unbroken

“Gracefully intricate as the baskets and the history to which it pays tribute.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Clear poetic words and exquisite watercolor illustrations depict how the small circular basket holds the big circle of African-American history....Lewis' astonishing pictures combine the panoramas of upheaval and war with portraits of individuals in small circles weaving and passing on their heritage in craft and story.” —Booklist, Starred Review

“Raven's text masterfully frames several hundred years of African-American history within the picture-book format. Lewis's double-page watercolor images are poignant and perfectly matched to the text and mood.” —School Library Journal

“In solemn Gullah cadences, an old woman passes on to a grandchild centuries of history embodied in the Sea Islands' distinctive sweetgrass baskets...Powerfully evoking the passage of successive generations linked by the ancient skill.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Margot Theis Raven; Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Margot Raven and E. B. Lewis collaborated on Circle Unbroken, a Booklist Top 10 Black History Book for Youth. Their most recent picture book was Night Boat to Freedom, published by FSG in 2006. The author lives in Charleston, South Carolina. The artist, a Caldecott Honor Medalist for Coming on Home Soon, lives in Folsom, New Jersey.

Margot Theis Raven

E. B. Lewis

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