Monday, November 12, 2007

Teddy Bear T-Shirts and Sewing Circle Stories

Introduce students of any age to sewing, sewing circles, recycling, and holiday projects while listening to a good story. This weekend, I recycled an old T-Shirt by creating a bunch of little Teddy-Bear T-Shirts and ironing on Image Generator designs (a popular web 2.0 destination.)

While hand stitching little T-Shirts, I got to thinking how this might be a good group project for listening to good stories.

One picture book that comes to mind is "Coat of Many Colors" by Dolly Parton, where her mother sewed (with love) a multicolored jacket for her little girl. Great book for any age, but too short. Another short favorite that my husband reminded me about is "Hiram's Red Shirt," a Golden Book along the lines of "a stitch in time saves nine." There are lots of good read-aloud books, including several "coming of age" books about working as a seamstress or needlepoint to earn a living or learning fine needlepoint because that was what young ladies of nobility did!
I asked California School Librarians for book recommendations, and have been getting a good number of titles and age appropriateness. I'll add a follow-up post on those recommended books.

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