Tanya's Reunion

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In this new tale about the characters from The Patchwork Quilt, Tanya visits the farm in Virginia where her grandmother grew up, to help prepare for the upcoming family reunion. Nothing on the old farm lives up to Tanya's expectations--until she learns to see the place through Grandma's eyes and opens her heart to the special adventure that awaits her there. Full-color illustrations.

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Overview

In this new tale about the characters from The Patchwork Quilt, Tanya visits the farm in Virginia where her grandmother grew up, to help prepare for the upcoming family reunion. Nothing on the old farm lives up to Tanya's expectations--until she learns to see the place through Grandma's eyes and opens her heart to the special adventure that awaits her there. Full-color illustrations.

When she and her grandmother go to help with preparations for a big family reunion, Tanya learns about the history of the farm in Virginia where Grandma grew up.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this tender yet unromanticized sequel to The Patchwork Quilt, young Tanya accompanies her grandmother to Virginia in preparation for a grand family reunion. But while Grandma fondly remembers growing up on the Virginia farm and is thrilled to be ``home,'' Tanya is disappointed to see a dusty old road and a farmhouse that is ``just a faded memory of its original color.'' Tanya grows lonely and homesick, until Grandma helps her see her family history in a new light. Flournoy's fluid text has a comforting tone and she supplies a bounty of detail without slowing the narrative. Pinkney's pencil and watercolor art skillfully conveys the bustle of activity found in a large household. He dots the crowded farmhouse interior -with quilts, books and knick-knacks, rendering the rooms as lived in and well loved. The predominance of soft brown and yellow hues also provides an almost palpable warmth throughout. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Tanya's Reunion, a sequel to The Patchwork Quilt, is a thoughtful look at what begins to be a rotten experience, until Grandma gives Tanya the ability to see the family farm through her eyes. The farm may look a little shabby, and Cousin Keisha won't leave her mother's side, and the baby cries all the time, but the love that's in the whole family is, finally, all that's important. A loving look at a loving family.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3In this sequel to The Patchwork Quilt (Dial, 1985), Tanya accompanies Grandma to the farm where she grew up to help prepare for the big family reunion. On arrival, though, she is disappointed. Her grandmother says, "`Just open your heart to it...Can't you feel the place welcomin' ya?'" Reality continues to collide with nostalgia until the girl learns to make her own memories and finds that special moments come when you least expect them. Flournoy is a graceful writer who lets readers discover things on their own (in much the same way that Grandma lets Tanya learn her own lessons). She has a knack for portraying some of the small, everyday tensions of life, yet underneath is always a foundation of love and respect. And Pinkney's soft watercolors go perfectly with the gentle story. Comparing this book with the earlier title shows how he has developed as an artist in the past 10 years. His work is more complex, his line more deliberately sketchy, and the paintings denser with a sense of movement and life. His characters are so humancreating authentic expressions and attitudes is one of his special gifts. So is his fascination with, quite simply, the way things look: a background detail like empty jars on a shelf, for instance, demonstrates the quiet sense of wonder that permeates his work. A special, heartwarming book.Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Ilene Cooper
In the sequel to "The Patchwork Quilt" (1985), Tanya is eager to go with her grandmother to a family reunion. Looking forward to a special time, Tanya is disappointed when the farm seems barren, her cousins don't want to play, and it rains, rains, rains. But Grandma is able to show Tanya the farm through her old eyes, and then the sun comes out, both literally and metaphorically. The story line is not quite as fresh as it was in "Quilt", before so many books on the same subject appeared; and a certain crispness to the telling is lacking as well. Still, you can't argue too much with themes of love, family, and home running through a story, and the essence of the grandmother-grandchild relationship is nicely captured. The pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, in Pinkney's signature style, are beautifully and lovingly detailed, wrapped in soft rain and sometimes seen through the mists of time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803716049
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 10.74 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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