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Handkerchief Quilt

Handkerchief Quilt

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by Carol Crane, Gary Palmer (Illustrator)

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When a disastrous flood damages Parkland School, Miss Anderson, an elementary teacher, devises a way to raise money to help buy replacement books.


When a disastrous flood damages Parkland School, Miss Anderson, an elementary teacher, devises a way to raise money to help buy replacement books.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Based on a true story about the author's mother, this touching book tells the story of Miss Anderson, a caring and beloved teacher. For years, she walks to Parkland School, eager to spend time with her students. She's known for carrying several handkerchiefs each day as they often come in handy. After a stormy holiday weekend, the furnace goes out and pipes burst, causing water damage in the classrooms and library. The school has very little money in the budget to purchase new books and other materials. Miss Anderson comes up with the idea of making and selling a quilt made out of handkerchiefs from her prized collection to raise funds. Even though this heartwarming tale is set in the 1950s, it will resonate with readers today. The gentle watercolor illustrations add charm and period detail.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
Kirkus Reviews
When frozen water pipes break, flooding the school, longtime elementary teacher Miss Anderson rallies students and their families to make a quilt from handkerchiefs she's collected, gifts from those she's taught over the years. The quilt is sold for money to replace lost books and supplies. Crane, author of numerous alphabet and counting books, has based her first published fiction on an incident from her mother's life. She recounts events journalistically, chronologically and with little effort to provide tension for the narrative arc or to develop character. Although the time and place aren't identified in the story, the afterword sets it in Flint, Mich., in the early 1950s. Palmer's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations reflect the times, both in the clothing and in the classroom Thanksgiving artwork, which includes a Native American wearing a Plains Indian headdress, which will make some modern readers cringe. The people appear stiff and distant; they look away from the reader. Although the story has emotional potential, it isn't been realized in this telling. (Picture book. 6-9)

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Sleeping Bear Press
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Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Handkerchief Quilt 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mymcbooks More than 1 year ago
The Handkerchief Quilt by Carol Crane is based upon a true story from her mother's life in the 1950s. It tells how a devoted teacher saved her school from closing down due to burst pipes and lack of finances to repair the damages. She decided to use the handkerchiefs given to her by her students over the years to make a handkerchief quilt to raise money for books and supplies. This story is relevant today as it was then, it should inspire us to come together and help our community. Great artwork and use of watercolor by Gary Palmer, highly recommend for classroom reading. FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.