Aneesa Lee and the Weaver's Gift

by Nikki Grimes and Ashley Bryan

Thirteen poems pay tribute weaving by describing the work of one weaver, Aneesa Lee,... read more

Thirteen poems pay tribute weaving by describing the work of one weaver, Aneesa Lee, whose own multiethnic heritage embodies the universality of this fabric art. Grimes’s poems focus both on the specifics of weaving, as well as some of the dreaming that goes into the choice of colors and pattern. Uplifting as the poems themselves are, Grimes never romanticizes the hard work that goes into it all. Her central metaphor is of connectedness and community of “a people’s art.” Ashley Bryan’s brightly colored illustrations emphasize the many different strands, both literal and metaphorical. (Ages 6-9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2000

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