The Quiltmaker's Gift

The Quiltmaker's Gift

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by Jeff Brumbeau, Gail De Marcken, Gail de Marcken
     
 

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The Quiltmaker's Gift celebrates the quilting tradition, the value of generosity, and the spirit of community in a beautiful and touching fable for our times. This richly illustrated picture book celebrates the joy of giving and gently emphasizes the age-old truth that material wealth does not necessarily buy happiness. The Quiltmaker's Gift is a…  See more details below

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The Quiltmaker's Gift celebrates the quilting tradition, the value of generosity, and the spirit of community in a beautiful and touching fable for our times. This richly illustrated picture book celebrates the joy of giving and gently emphasizes the age-old truth that material wealth does not necessarily buy happiness. The Quiltmaker's Gift is a heartwarming children's fable, a celebration of quilters and quilting, and a challenging adult parable all wrapped into one.

A wise and generous quiltmaker, with magic in her fingers and love for humanity in her heart, sews the most beautiful quilts in the world-and gives each one away for free to a needy recipient. A greedy king, his castle overflowing with riches and treasures, never smiles-and yearns for the one thing that will bring him laughter and happiness. As the story unfolds, the reader watches the king learn the most valuable lesson of his life. Under the quiltmaker's guidance, the king is transformed as he gives away his precious things all around the world. He learns the true meaning of happiness by bringing joy to the lives of others. He finally begins to smile.

This charming fable is brought to stunning visual life by the beautiful bursting illustrations, which leap off every page of the book. The artist's years working for the Peace Corps are richly reflected in her art work, showing characters and adventures in all the colors of the world-as rich and varied as the crazy quilts made by the quiltmaker. Each page also highlights a different traditional quilt block pattern , the name of which relates to the unfolding story. Hundreds of subtle messages and intriguing substories are embedded in the art, inviting new discoveries reading after reading.

The reverse side of the book jacket features a dramatic puzzle poster showing the king's amazing collection of stuff. Gail de Marcken has pictured 250 different quilt block names among the treasure trove.

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Editorial Reviews

Leigh Forrest
Gail de Marcken's bright watercolor illustrations are crowded with details that often expand the text. These pictures invite careful inspection by the reader, and children will delight in discovering small drawn stories within each page. This book, about the art of giving, would make a lovely gift itself.
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Kirkus Reviews
A sentimental tale overwhelmed by busy illustrations and rampant pedantry. A gifted quiltmaker who makes outstanding quilts never sells her wares, but gives them away to the poor. A greedy king so loves presents that he has two birthdays a year, and commands everyone in the kingdom to give him gifts. Everyone brings presents till the castle overflows; the king, still unhappy, locates the quiltmaker and directs her to make him a quilt. When she refuses he tries to feed her to a hungry bear, then to leave her on a tiny island, but each time the quiltmaker's kindness results in her rescue. At last, the king agrees to a bargain; he will give away his many things, and the quiltmaker will sew him a quilt. He is soon poor, but happier than he's ever been, and she fulfills her end of the bargain; they remain partners forever after, with her sewing the quilts and him giving them away. The illustrations are elaborate, filled with clues to quilt names. A note points to the 250 different quilt names hidden in the picture on the inside of the book jacket. (Picture book. 6-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439309103
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
33,138
Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author


Jeff brumbeau grew up in New York City, where he lived with his mother and sister in his wodowed grandmother's house. His mother worked hard to support her family, who struggled to get by.

Jeff has had a variety of jobs befitting a degree in English, he says, including pumping gas, carpentry, painting, working in a mail room, car wash, factory, and candy store, on an oil rig in Wyoming and in advertising.

He lives in Chicago and Taos with Marcia, his wife; Samantha, the opera singin Persian cat; and Louis, the daredevil alley cat.

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Quiltmaker's Gift 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
chalkdust423 More than 1 year ago
My grandnephew requested this book. He is seven years old. I was an elementary school teacher for 40 years teaching reading, English, math, and social studies. I was impressed with the illustrations and the colorful pictures, all which make this book appealing to children. However, there were a lot of words on the pages and the print was not large. That being said, I read the story and loved the story! The interactive projects suggested at the end of the book via a web site which accompanies the book was a wonderful addition to this book. The book is about caring for others. Great book to read to children and a great book for advanced readers to read on their own.
EdieN More than 1 year ago
I'm a quilter and an avid reader. I give our friends grandchildren baby quilts as gifts and along with each quilt that I make I give them " THE QUILTMAKER'S GIFT" book. It's a great teaching tool about the rewards of giving not receiving. The quiltmaker in the story only makes and gives quilts to people in need and those who deserve it. But the King wants a quilt...he who has everything. What does the quiltmaker do? Does she give him a quilt? Read this amazing book with phenomenal illustrations (the illustrations alone can tell a story...they are amazing) to your child or have him or her read it themselves to find out what happens with the King. What a lesson it teaches. You cannot imagine how many of these books we have given as gifts. I'm now ready to give the one I'm reviewing as a gift too along with the quilt to our former babysitter who's becoming a grandmother now. Well worth investing in this book.
BfromMaine More than 1 year ago
Excellently written, beautifully illustrated story of sharing and caring. A book I have shared with dozens of children. Highly recommend it for every child age 5-95.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used this with my students. The students got into the book on how the King was selfish and the Quiltmaker kind. It was a great tool to teach children that things do not make us happy. It helped the students see that caring for others and making others happy, makes oneself happy as well. Great book for kids!!
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nannaVA More than 1 year ago
My grandchildren and I love this book! You are drawn in from the first page by the illustrations and flow of the story. As the adult, I love the moral of giving and how it is shown in the story. I first purchased this book when it was published for my then 5 year old grandson. He got it! It has been in our home library since. I also give this book to new grandparents to enjoy with their loved little ones. In short, there is not one thing about this book I find bad or against it; if you purchase this , it will add to hours of close time with your child.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Quiltmaker's Gift is spellbinding. The quiltmaker is whimsical and friend to all. The illustrations are beautiful. The Quilts on every page and on the inside front and back covers, keep me going back and revisiting this book time and time again. Beautiful colors and quilts make the story fascinating.
GLW43 More than 1 year ago
The story is set in a remote kingdom but has implications for today's readers. The illustrations are breathtaking! And the quilts are just beautiful.
PinkBalletShoes More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book. I originally checked this out at the library and feel in LOVE with the book. I had to have it for the daycare. I felt it was a good learning book. Children understand the concept of wanting "everything" and still not finding true happiness. By sharing and giving of themselves they will find happiness by receiving the joy of sharing! Beautiful pictures! Well told, I cannot say enough about this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's a king who demands that the quilt maker make him a quilt. The quilt maker agrees, but first the king has to give away some of the toys that he made. After the king gives away some of the toys, the quilt maker makes him the biggest quilt she has ever made! The king learns that sharing makes people happy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Children love this book! I have read this book to my daughter's class for the past 3 years, K thru 2nd grade. The children love it and the teachers often have never heard it. Even keeps the boys interested!! The illustrations are beautiful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! The illustrations are so beautiful, that's what first caught my eye. Once we got it home and started reading it I was amazed to find that the story was just as beautiful. It is a wonderful tale about how rich the rewards of giving can be. What a splendid tool to teach(and remind)us to give.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never been compelled to write an online review, but had to make an exception here. This book is one of THE most beautifully written and illustrated children's books I've ever seen. I have an eight year old son and a three year old daughter, and they both never tire of this story. It's moral, heartwarming, funny, charming, inspiring and captivating. It's one of those books that will stand the test of time and be handed down from generation to generation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LIKED HOW SHE MADE THE QUILTS. IT WAS A AUSUM BOOK. SHE WAS SO KIND TO OTHER PEOPLE.I LIKED THE PART WHEN THE KING HAD ALLHIS PRESENTS. I LIKED THE PART WHEN THERE WERE A THOUSAND SOLDIERS. IT WAS A COOL PART WHEN SHE TOSSED THE QUILT OUT THE WINDOW. I'M EIGHT YEARS OLD AND I LOVED THIS BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is about a quiltmaker who was always up in the mountains sewing. Her work was so wonderful, a greedy king ordered soldiers to get him the quilt. But the quiltmaker would only give her quilts to the poor. She taught the king a very important lesson. Read to find out what it is!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've read it so often to my one & two & a half year olds that i almost know it by heart. each time we go through the illustrations something else is miraculously discovered. this story & illustrations are such a beautiful gift!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was trying to find children's books with a quilting theme, and this one was my favorite. I appreciate the warmth and beauty of the illustrations. The quilts are beautiful. The message is moving. I read it aloud to a class of third graders and they were captivated by the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most wonederful book for children I have seen in ages! It not only has a fasicinating story that teaches about the true meaning of happiness, but it also is filled with absolutely beautiful illustrations too. It would make a perfect gift for a person of any age. hint...hint...Christmas! The only thing left to say is get this book today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading aloud to my 5 year old daughter when she was an infant, so we've encountered thousands and thousands of books. This book is absolutely cream of the crop; king of the picturebooks. The story is heartwarming and the colors and illustrations are stunning. Every page has a beautiful quilt pattern that reveals what the page is about. The finished quilts presented in the story are absolutely gorgeous. My daughter loves the book, and the lesson behind it. We had to dig her baby quilt out of storge so she could sleep with it the night we first read the book. It's worth every penny. If you are a read-aloud parent or a teacher and you don't have this book, you're missing a great deal!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard so much about this book on quilting programs that I had to have it. I enjoyed it so much that I bought one for my dear friend Sue. We both appreciate quilts and we are quilter want-a-be's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so touching...I am 9 and our school librarian read this to us! Our class was very happy with it. My favorite character was the king because he turned out to be a good man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves this book, as do I. It has a purpose and really teaches with a loving story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I collect children's books and this one is my new favorite. The story is worth reading and lesson-giving. The pictures are spectacular and one could spend hours just looking at them. The theme of gaining joy by giving to others is well-written and heart-wrenching. I am back today to order more for Christmas presents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this book - the illustrations, the story, the message, the quilts! A joy for anyone's collection. I'm about to buy another as a gift. My daughters loved it too.