Mooshka: A Quilt Storyby Julie Paschkis
Karla loves Mooshka, a quilt composed of scraps of fabric from many members of Karla's family. But Mooshka is more than a quiltit can talk, comforting Karla at bedtime. Each square or "schnitz," tells her stories of her ancestors and their lives. When new baby sister Hannah arrives, Karla's routine is upset and Mooshka falls silent. Only when Karla shares
Karla loves Mooshka, a quilt composed of scraps of fabric from many members of Karla's family. But Mooshka is more than a quiltit can talk, comforting Karla at bedtime. Each square or "schnitz," tells her stories of her ancestors and their lives. When new baby sister Hannah arrives, Karla's routine is upset and Mooshka falls silent. Only when Karla shares Mooshka with her sister does the quilt begin to speak again and tell Hannah stories of Karla's early life.
- Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
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My granddaughter (i.e., New Big Sister) LOVES this story. The interplay between art and text, the layered stories, and the emotional content make it a hit.
A touching story for children offering comfort.
Karla has a quilt she calls Mooshka. She is very attached to Mooshka. Mooshka is more like a friend to her. It tells her stories and comforts her. The stories consist of the memories from each patch of fabric telling a story of its' own. I don't want to reveal to much about Mooshka for fear of spoiling the story. But I will say things begin to change once Karla get's a new baby sister. For some reason Mooshka will not talk to Karla since her baby sister arrived. This is a darling story about family history, old memories, growing up, love and sharing. The illustrations are beyond amazing and will definitely stimulate any child's imagination. More than likely when children hear or read this story they will want a quilt like Mooshka. Hey, I even want one. I most definitely recommend this book. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.
Mooshka, A Quilt Story By Julie Paschkis ISBN: 9781561456208 I was first attracted to this book because of the word Quilt. The cover is very pretty and I know it can be done by quilting various fabrics together to tell a story. Karla calls her favorite quilt, Mooshka. It protected her from scary things. Also the quilt would talk to her: sweet dreams, it said, every night. This quilt, made by her grandmother stitched it, told her of what the squares meant with a story. Precious stories she could rest her head on and listen to the quilt tell her what the square was about. One day a new crib was moved in and her new baby sister was in the same room as her. The quilt stopped talking. Karla then retells all the squares stories to her sister.
Karla’s beloved quilt, named Mooshka, is unlike any other quilt, and not only because the material and design are unique. Mooshka has the ability to talk and tells Karla stories on the nights Karla cannot sleep. All Karla needs to do is place a hand on a patch, or schnitz, and the quilt becomes a storyteller. Karla’s grandmother handpicked each schnitz and told Karla the story behind each as she lovingly pieced Mooshka together. These are the stories that Mooshka recites to Karla late at night. One day, Karla’s baby sister Hannah moves into Karla’s bedroom. Karla does not seem happy sharing her room, voicing this to Mooshka when the quilt refuses to retell a schnitz story. Mooshka no longer says sweet dreams. One night Hannah, like all babies, begins a crying jag that Karla cannot help but hear. Karla takes Mooshka to the crib hoping the quilt will comfort her baby sister. I initially read this on a Kindle, which I do not recommended. Many of the illustrations did not display properly and some of the text was out-of-order. The actual print book is excellent. The story is a new way to bring two sisters together when one is not too happy about the other intruding her space. I love this story. Having shared a bedroom with two older sisters, I know how space can be a precious commodity. The illustrations, also by the author, are bright and cheery. The two girls, Karla and Hannah are adorable. Each page is bright and cheerful, just like Mooshka and her many colors and patterns. The reason for Mooshka becoming silent is a little muddy. Is it because she can only recite stories to Karla or, because it seems, Karla does not want to share her bedroom with Hannah? In any case, a silent Mooshka allows Karla time to consider her sister's needs. Mooshka is a quilt made of memories with a little magic thrown in. Karla’s grandmother calls each piece a schnitz. A schnitz is a slice or a cut. The schnitz in Mooshka are slices of family history kept alive by passing down the story of each fabric to Karla and then to Hannah. Being equally curious about the name Mooshka, I looked it up in the Urban Dictionary. Mooshka has two definitions, both of which apply to this story. The first definition states mooshka is a term of endearment. The second definition is a small being that is both sweet and adorable. Mooshka seems to be a term a grandmother would call Karla, not the quilt, but it works well for the story. Mooshka, A Quilt Story is a wonderful bedtime read that will interest young children, especially little girls. However, be careful. If your child reads this story and owns a quit, your little mooshka will want to know the story of each and every schnitz before agreeing to lights out. Note: book received courtesy of the publisher, Peachtree Publishers.