Luka's Quilt

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Overview Luka and her grandmother Tutu are best friends until Luka shows her disappointment at the traditional Hawaiian quilt that Tutu makes for her. Tutu is hurt, Luka is upset, and things just aren't the same anymore. But when Lei Day comes, the two set aside there differences to enjoy the holiday. When Luka's grandmother makes a traditional Hawaiian quilt for her, she and Luka disagree over the colors it should include. Read More Show Less See more details below
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Overview

Luka and her grandmother Tutu are best friends until Luka shows her disappointment at the traditional Hawaiian quilt that Tutu makes for her. Tutu is hurt, Luka is upset, and things just aren't the same anymore. But when Lei Day comes, the two set aside there differences to enjoy the holiday. <%END%>

When Luka's grandmother makes a traditional Hawaiian quilt for her, she and Luka disagree over the colors it should include.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her second book, Guback's The Carolers storytelling proves as affable as her bright, intricate cut-paper collages. Tutu ``That's Hawaiian for grandmother'' decides to make her granddaughter Luka a special flower-garden quilt. But the traditional two-color Island quilt that Tutu crafts is a far cry from the multicolored quilt Luka has imagined. When Luka complains, ``Tutu's eyes got watery, and she quietly turned and went to her room and shut the door.'' For days afterward, says Luka, ``We had nothing to say to each other.'' At the Lei Day celebration, however, Tutu thinks of a compromise: a rainbow-hued fabric lei to place atop the green-and-white quilt. Together Tutu and Luka sew it, mending their wounds, too. The anticipation, disappointment and hurt ring true, while the resolution is vaguely unsettling: Luka never apologizes, and it is Tutu who must go the extra mile. Nonetheless, like good, real-life relationships, theirs is a work-in-progress, tender and dearly worth the effort. Ages 4-up. May
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K-Gr 2-When Luka's tutu (grandmother) makes her a traditional Hawaiian quilt, the child is disappointed because it doesn't have the colorful flowers that she envisioned. The two of them quarrel about it, and both are hurt. When Lei Day arrives, however, Tutu suggests a truce so that they can celebrate together. Inspired by her granddaughter's lei-making at the festival, Tutu creates a colorful fabric lei to accent the plain quilt, which restores her relationship with the child. As a story of intergenerational friendship and compromise, Guback's tale is a success. The changes in the relationship between Luka and Tutu are believable and well motivated, and the book provides an opportunity for young listeners to discuss their own emotions. However, the meanings of some terms, e.g., ``tatami mat,'' ``lei,'' and ``shave ice'' must be deduced through contextual clues, and they aren't always clear. The lush hues of the watercolor illustrations provide a tropical ambiance, while the collage overlays add both depth and a wealth of detail to the folk-art paintings. Overall, a pleasant introduction to modern Hawaiian culture via a warm cross-cultural theme.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, Wheeler School, Providence, RI
Carolyn Phelan
A Hawaiian girl tells about the time Tutu, her grandmother, decided to make her a traditional Hawaiian quilt based on a flower garden. Happy with imagining the quilt, the child is upset when the finished green-and-white quilt (two-color quilts are traditional) is so different from the multicolored one she had expected. The resulting coolness in their relationship continues for several days until the nontraditional, many-colored lei the child makes at the local Lei Day celebration inspires Tutu to find a solution to the quilt problem. She makes a brightly colored circle of flowers that her granddaughter can lay on top of the quilt or take off again. Eye-catching collages of brightly painted papers, the illustrations express the characters' emotions and show a delight in the Hawaiian landscape and traditions. Tutu's solution is possible only because she listens to and respects her grandchild's point of view enough to seek a compromise that pleases the child, yet doesn't violate the principles of her traditional art. Like the plot elements, the theme springs from the Hawaiian setting, where so many cultures live in harmony. An involving story that's all the more satisfying because the ending offers no mere emotional patch up but a real solution.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688121556
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.23 (w) x 8.31 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Georgia Guback is the author-artist of The Carolers. She studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and other places as well. She studied film at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of California at Irvine. She was also an English major at Iowa Wesleyan College. She was born in New Jersey and has lived in New York, Connecticut, Arizona, and Canada. Ms. Guback now lives in Berkeley, California, and has one married daughter, who lives in Texas.

Georgia Guback is the author-artist of The Carolers. She studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and other places as well. She studied film at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of California at Irvine. She was also an English major at Iowa Wesleyan College. She was born in New Jersey and has lived in New York, Connecticut, Arizona, and Canada. Ms. Guback now lives in Berkeley, California, and has one married daughter, who lives in Texas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2001

    Luka's Quilt reaches out to all curriculums

    Luka's Quilt is an exceptional story with a setting exoctic enough to stimulate not only a child's mind, but a teacher's mind as well. This book is an excellent source for many activities that tie into other curriculums at any age level. I am using this book to demonstrate graphing in Math, conflict in Social Studies(Civil War), plant and animal life cycles in Science, and writing stories in Writing. All of this information from a colorful, informative book.All for my fourth grade class.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2000

    Hawaiian Quilt

    This is a heartwarming story that will capture the interest of young readers. It is a story of a special relationship between a granddaughter and her grandmother. It shows the young reader two important things. One thing it shows is how important tradition is in some cultures and the other is how to compromise the tradition if need be. The characters are well developed and it is easy for the reader to connect with the story. The illustrations are bright and colorful. It will capture the young reader¿s attention.

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