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The Keeping Quilt
     

The Keeping Quilt

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by Patricia Polacco
 

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A homemade quilt ties together the lives of six generations of the author's immigrant Jewish family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith.

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A homemade quilt ties together the lives of six generations of the author's immigrant Jewish family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith.

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School Library Journal
(PreS - Gr. 2) Polacco's first-person voice moves her narrative forward gracefully from the time when her Great-Gramma Anna came to America during the last century to the present. Richly detailed charcoal drawings fill the pages of this beautifully conceived book. Particularly striking are the faces of the Russian Jewish immigrant families who people the pages. The only color used is in the babushka and dress of Great-Gramma Anna, which become part of a brightly hued quilt. Following that quilt through four generations is the basis of this account. Customs and fashions change, but family is constant, visually linked by the "keeping quilt.'' Children will be fascinated by the various uses to which the quilt is put, although some of those uses make one wonder how its "like-new'' shape was maintained. That stretch of the imagination is gentle, however, and does not mar the story. Readers who notice that the author and the narrator share the same name may realize that this lovely story is true; that should make it even more appealing. -- Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, Wis.
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School Library Journal Richly detailed charcoal drawings fill the pages of this beautifully conceived book...children will be fascinated by the various uses to which the quilt is put...

Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter One of the most attractive and well-conceived picture books seen in recent years...It has a surprisingly emotional impact.

Booklist Useful for the sense of history it presents to young viewers (especially in discussions of geneaology), this tale also carries a warm message on the meaning of family...

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
In the twenty-five years since The Keeping Quilt first appeared, Patricia Polacco has created an enormous body of work, much of it referencing her Jewish immigrant family. The beauty of her books, in addition to the simple yet expressively wrought illustrations, is that even though the text is longer than most picture books, the stories flow with the rhythm of true storytelling. Here we have the same familiar pencil sketches of the Jewish peasant family. The focus is on the women, their interaction, and family relationships. Men appear sparingly in the story. The color of the book is concentrated on the quilt, bright in relief against the black and white figures done in charcoal. The quilt, itself, is not patchwork, but more folkloric with appliqued figures marking family events. The endpapers of the book replicate the quilt figures. Through five generation of family life, the quilt holds center stage as a blanket, a picnic cover, a Sabbath tablecloth, a baby bunting, and, ultimately, a wedding canopy. Author Polacco uses this anniversary edition to update readers on her children and the fate of the heirloom quilt. Her son gets married under the quilt canopy although it is not supported by chuppah poles. Her lesbian daughter incorporates the quilt into a commitment ceremony. Polacco's family epitomizes American Jewish assimilation as the family moves from Orthodox observance to more progressive and egalitarian forms of Judaism. The quilt, now fragile, hangs in a museum and a replica has been made to carry the family tradition forward. The wonderful, timeless story of an immigrant family will speak to many families, even if their culture and tradition are not Jewish and their family treasures are not quilted. Revisiting Palacco's seminal work is like being brought up to date by an old family friend. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442449824
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,020,869
File size:
12 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
School Library Journal Richly detailed charcoal drawings fill the pages of this beautifully conceived book...children will be fascinated by the various uses to which the quilt is put...

Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter One of the most attractive and well-conceived picture books seen in recent years...It has a surprisingly emotional impact.

Booklist Useful for the sense of history it presents to young viewers (especially in discussions of geneaology), this tale also carries a warm message on the meaning of family...

Meet the Author

Patricia Polacco comes from a family of storytellers, poets, dirt farmers, teachers and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and a writer of children's books. She now lives in Oakland, California with her husband and two children, and she is the present caretaker of the quilt.
Patricia Polacco belongs to a family of storytellers, poets, farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and creator of many beloved children’s books, including The Keeping Quilt, The Blessing Cup, Fiona’s Lace, The Trees of the Dancing Goats, Babushka’s Doll, and My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. She lives in Union City, Michigan. Visit her at PatriciaPolacco.com and follow her on Facebook.

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The Keeping Quilt 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
renmew More than 1 year ago
My daughter picked this off the library shelf and I cried the first time I read it to my children. The illustrations are simple, yet deep and emotional. I will be buying this for our home library, and also a second copy for my classroom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is a great story that tells how they kept their family close, even when they are in a whole other country. The illustrations showed just how the family felt. It also tells that even though Great-Gramma Anna died, she is still watching over them through the stitches of the quilt. All the first born girls after Anna got the quilt that she made. They would all preserve memories in the quilt to pass on to other family members. The quilt has been through a lot since Anna. It has become table cloths, tents, and capes. I highly recommend this book because it is a loving story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Keeping Quilt delights in a fasion that never grows old. It tenderly guides you through the story of a family , although mislplaced, continues to keep it's memories locked in the patches of a quilt. Each patch holds a story re-told through the eyes its maker. Every word embraces family spirit and strength as the illustrations evoke love, warmth, laughter, as well as hardship. A wonderful stroll for the entire family.
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