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Children's LiteratureThe art or craft of quilt-making has a long history and has been enjoying a recent revival. Gibbons introduces the steps followed by a group of quilters from design through choice of fabrics to creation of blocks to be put together for the final product. Then we learn about quilting in history, particularly American history. More than thirty traditional quilt patterns are described with their sources or inspiration. All the necessary materials and steps to make a quilt are detailed, while the social aspects of the participation in a quilting bee or circle are emphasized. Current quilt shows and contests are mentioned as sources of inspiration for young quilters, although Gibbons warns that adult supervision is necessary. The clear, simple text is enhanced with sidebars of more information, and packed with Gibbons's typical colored line drawings. She manages to find the crucial aspects of her subject and record them for easy understanding. She also creates animated scenes of activity by assorted ages and sexes in appropriate context. Adults can gain ideas here as well as youngsters. A suggested group project of an author quilt is detailed. 2004, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 6 to 9.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz