Reading Together: About Objects
Explore the history of objects while reading together! Get lost in the stories of specific objects with Ulrich while you kids are introduced to how things were made by hand, who made them, and how these things were used.
Made by Hand: A Crafts Sampler
Before busy machines in factories turned out most of what we need and use, people crafted these items by hand. This unique collection highlights fourteen one-of-a-kind objects — each one drafted, stitched, painted, or engraved by hand. Author Carole Lexa Schaefer draws inspiration from real historical artifacts to create thirteen short works of fiction, imagining the hands that might have made and used each item.
By Carole Lexa Schaefer, Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander, Published by Candlewick, 2018, 48 pages, hardcover.
The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of the American Myth
They began their existence as everyday objects, but in the hands of Bancroft Award-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, fourteen domestic items from preindustrial America-ranging from a linen tablecloth to an unfinished sock-relinquish their stories and offer profound insights into our history. Pulling these divergent threads together, Ulrich demonstrates how early Americans made, used, sold, and saved textiles in order to assert their identities, shape relationships, and create history.
By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. Published by Vintage, 2002. 512 pages, softcover.