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* Most Loved in All the World: A Story of Freedom
Tonya Hegamin, illus, by Cozbi A. Cabrera.
Houghton Mifflin, $17 (40p) ISBN 978-0-6184-1903-6
Hegamin (M+ 0 4EVR) tackles difficult concepts of slavery, courage and sacrifice in a poignant book about a mother who sends her daughter on the Underground Railroad, armed with a quilt she has made for her; the mother, identifying herself as an "agent," stays behind to help other slaves escape. The quilt's centerpiece depicts a smiling girl: the mother wants her daughter to remember always that she is "the most loved in all the worM." The story of slaves finding their way to freedom via directions …