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Children's LiteratureIn this reissue of a story in a story, grandma tells Katie the origin of the warm afghan she puts on Katie's bed on a cold snowy night. One summer when grandma was a little girl, she visited her own grandma who began knitting a colorful afghan. Katie's grandma helped pick out the colors and carefully watched the progress of the afghan. When the knitting was finished, the whole family joined in to sew it together. Now Katie has the afghan and will one day pass it on to her own children. Reminiscent of Patricia Polacco's The Keeping Quilt, the book conveys the power with which an object made with love can connect and bond the generations of a family. The rich colors in the illustrations mimic the colors in the afghan itself, and the facial similarities between the generations of family members are reflected in the family photographs on a table, and in the round faces of Katie and her relatives. The end papers show a variety of intricate crochet stitches. Appealing small details like the 1950's hood ornament on the car and the old fashioned telephone reflect the earlier time period. This warm and loving story will strike a familiar cord with legions of afghan-making grandmas out there. I know my children have one of them. 2004 (orig. 1989), Sterling Publishing, Ages 4 to 8.