Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt: 09/20/12
Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt by Lisa Campbell Ernst is a delightful book about quilting, the stupidity of gender roles and the importance of cooperation. Sam after mending a tear in his clothing decides he likes sewing and wants to try something more creative, like quilting. When the women won't let him into their quilting group, he wrangles up the men to start their own.
The men's quilting group and the women's quilting group are both competing in the upcoming fair. With them working so hard on their quilts, the book covers a number of quilting patterns. These patterns could be replicated in class to teach geometry or to do an art project.
But the big message beyond boys and girls can have the same hobbies, is cooperation. When both quilts fall into the mud the two have to come together to make one good quilt out of the left overs. It's a pretty one, too.