A Quilt for Baby

A Quilt for Baby

by Kim Lewis
     
 
The creator of Floss stitches together a comforting new baby gift - and a gentle tribute to family and home.

"There is a farm far away from the town, in a valley in the hills where a river runs. . . . This is home, my little one. This is where we live."

As Mother sews a quilt for Baby, she quietly tells its story, patchwork square by square. There

Overview

The creator of Floss stitches together a comforting new baby gift - and a gentle tribute to family and home.

"There is a farm far away from the town, in a valley in the hills where a river runs. . . . This is home, my little one. This is where we live."

As Mother sews a quilt for Baby, she quietly tells its story, patchwork square by square. There are the frolicking sheep and lambs, and there’s the collie, Floss, who helps Daddy herd them. There are the mare and her frisky foal, a flapping goose and her gosling, a cat curled up with her kitten. And when the story is done, there is a soft quilt to surround Baby with all the scenes of a family’s familiar world.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
As Mother stitches a quilt for her new baby, she talks to Baby of their farm in the English countryside, of the beautiful countryside where "the skies are high and wide," of the animals and their babies, and of Baby's father, the farmer, who will soon return from his day tending the sheep. "This is home," she tells Baby. The lyrical, soothing text will appeal to all little children in need of a quiet story. Lewis' exquisitely detailed, colored-pencil illustrations are done in soft colors, complementing the mood of the story. Each two-page spread contains an illustration depicting a real farm scene as well as an inset of the quilt square representing that scene, all bordered by colorful checkered gingham. The last two spreads show Baby wrapped in his quilt, a symbol of comfort and of Mother's love. A truly lovely book, this one will be cherished by small children and those who love reading to them. 2002, Candlewick Press,
— Anne Marie Pace
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In this quiet book, a mother tells her baby the story of their farm through a quilt she is stitching. Each square is represented by a warm and expressive colored-pencil drawing on a spread framed by pastel-colored quilt borders. The scenes, which include depictions of the farmhouse and the animals, are also drawn as small, childlike squares for the baby's quilt. The text reads like a lullaby, and describes barnyard babies comfortably frolicking with their families. Like any successful lullaby, the book concludes with the baby sleeping, in this case, curled up in the quilt in mother's arms.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763619251
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
01/20/2003
Edition description:
1ST US
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.12(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Kim Lewis, the author-illustrator of FLOSS, JUST LIKE FLOSS, LITTLE BAA, and other picture books about farm life, lives on a sheep farm in England. Of A QUILT FOR BABY, she says, "From an early age, I remember my mother quilting. It seemed natural to use the idea of the quilt as an heirloom for passing on my hopes and feelings about farming."

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