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F is for Friendship: A Quilt Alphabet

F is for Friendship: A Quilt Alphabet

by Helen L. Wilbur, Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
     
 

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Quilting has existed for thousands of years, spanning the globe, practiced by women as well as men, and bringing together communities and generations. F is for Friendship: A Quilt Alphabet examines the subject of quilting, as an art form as well as an item of utility, tracing its early history from a cave in Mongolia to patchwork bedcoverings transported in

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Quilting has existed for thousands of years, spanning the globe, practiced by women as well as men, and bringing together communities and generations. F is for Friendship: A Quilt Alphabet examines the subject of quilting, as an art form as well as an item of utility, tracing its early history from a cave in Mongolia to patchwork bedcoverings transported in overland wagon trains to present-day exhibits at renowned museums. Topics include patterns, inventions, and fabric choices, as well as quilts as vehicles of American history. Helen L. Wilbur also authored Lily's Victory Garden and Z is for Zeus: A Greek Mythology Alphabet. A former librarian who now works on the electronic side of the publishing world, she lives in New York City. Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen has illustrated more than 20 books with Sleeping Bear Press, including the best-selling The Legend of Sleeping Bear and The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell. He and his wife, Robbyn, live in Bath, Michigan.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this addition to Sleeping Bear's long-running alphabet series, pleasing rhymes and extensive sidebars focus on the symbolic and utilitarian value of patchwork quilts, while glowing illustrations depict both intimate and communal scenes. Under the gaze of her grandmother's portrait, a child observes her mother at work: "G is for Generations/ She loved to quilt and then taught me/ its comfort, skill, and artistry." A depiction of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall (for "N") emphasizes the power of quilts to connect and heal ("What weighs 54 tons, got nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and is the world's largest community art project?"). A sensitive and uplifting homage. Ages 6–10. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Quilts made of scraps to keep us warm and quilts as works of art in museums are pictured, named, and have their histories told. Quilts may be sewn in patterns such as Log Cabin and Sunbonnet Sue or sewn as Crazy Quilts. Groups like the Gee's Bend African-Americans, Lakota Sioux, and people of Hawaii have distinctive styles. "Quilts from the Amish and Mennonite communities are prized for their strong, simple designs and superb sewing." Friendships may be formed at quilting bees. Memories are incorporated into quilts through the materials used. Useful tools are pictured. Each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by two or three paragraphs of information and a four line poem. "J is for Journal: For a bride's new bed, a baby's nap, a special day, an empty lap. A quilt can serve in countless ways—a journal of our lives and days." The picture shows a mother and daughter looking at a book while surrounded by quilts. A quiz on patterns is located at the end of the text. Young and old may enjoy sharing this book. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585365326
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Sleeping Bear Alphabets
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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