The Kindness Quilt

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Random acts of kindness pictured on a paper quilt

Minna and her classmates have been asked by their teacher, Mrs. Bloom, to work on a Kindness Project. Mrs. Bloom wants them to do and draw and share an act of kindness. Minna and her family do lots of kind things, but Minna can’t decide which one is right for her project. Then she starts writing and drawing and cutting—and an idea for a paper quilt picturing many acts of kindness begins to take ...

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Overview

Random acts of kindness pictured on a paper quilt

Minna and her classmates have been asked by their teacher, Mrs. Bloom, to work on a Kindness Project. Mrs. Bloom wants them to do and draw and share an act of kindness. Minna and her family do lots of kind things, but Minna can’t decide which one is right for her project. Then she starts writing and drawing and cutting—and an idea for a paper quilt picturing many acts of kindness begins to take shape!

Important lessons about being kind to each other are depicted in NANCY ELIZABETH WALLACE’s charming artwork using origami, recycled paper, markers, crayons, and colored pencils.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Minna listens with her bunny classmates as their teacher reads the Aesop fable, "The Lion and the Mouse." In the fable, the lion catches the mouse, but the mouse promises to do something nice to help him someday if the lion will let him go. The lion laughs, but lets him go. Later, when the lion gets trapped in a net, the mouse gnaws on the ropes and frees the lion. After they hear this story, the students are inspired to do a "Kindness Project." They are to do something kind, then write and draw what they did, and share it with the class. Minna is so enthused that she does several acts of kindness, so she draws her pictures and puts them together. When she presents her project, the students think it looks like a quilt. The class decides to put all of their pictures together to make a big paper quilt to hang on the bulletin board. Days pass with more acts of kindness, until they have so many that they decide to hang them in the long hall. Other classes join in and the kindness keeps growing. The illustrations of cut? paper collages are sweet and colorful against a white background. The children's writing and the drawings are large enough to be read. This story makes a good model for teachers to create a similar project. The kindnesses, such as "sharing your toys" and "reading books to your little brother," are great examples.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this, the fourth book about Minna and her friends and family, the young rabbit and her classmates learn about kindness. The story begins with Mrs. Bloom reading Aesop's "The Lion and the Mouse" to her students. After discussing it, she instructs them to perform an act of kindness, draw a picture of it, and then share the details about it with the class. Minna performs many acts of kindness and cannot decide which one to use for her project. In a burst of creative genius, she decides to create a quilt featuring a number of them. Her classmates love the idea and continue to piece together a classroom patchwork. The enthusiasm then spreads to the whole school. As the project grows, so does the quilt, taking over a bulletin board and moving onto a hallway wall. The cut-paper collage illustrations are sure to keep young children's interest, especially as youngsters try to discern all of the many projects featured in the squares. Wallace's illustrations include origami, recycled paper, markers, crayons, and colored pencils. Teachers will want to share this title with everyone in their school community.-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Wallace's art is wonderful: fancy- and found-paper collage, markers and pencil make Minna's bunny family and classroom glow with pattern and shape. The text in this one, though, is a little goopy. Minna's teacher reads them the Aesop fable of the Lion and the Mouse (the essence of which is recounted and illustrated). The class decides to practice kindness, and Mrs. Bloom says they will celebrate with a "Kindness Project." Minna finds kindness in her family's helping in Community Clean-Up Day, in sharing soup with a neighboring family, in reading to her little brother. She makes a series of pictures about these acts and pieces them together. Mrs. Bloom puts all of the class's pictures of kindness on the bulletin board and makes a kindness quilt, which grows and grows. The philosophy gets a little slippery, too: Is it kindness to do your chores without being asked? If you do a kind thing so you can make a picture of it, is it still kind? Possibly too much burden for a pretty package. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761453130
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 163,703
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Wallace
Nancy Wallace
The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars is a unique collection of poems gathered by cut-paper artist Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Opening the pages of this beautiful book is like stepping through the gates of a well-loved garden. Using her tiny scissors, her love of nature, and her great sense for the world of children, she invites us to explore this playful and lovely constellation of poems with her.
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