When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.
-- John Berger

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Young readersElementary readersUpper elementary readers
8 stars

The Keeping Quilt

AR: 4.4
Lexile: 920
RC: 5.3
Written and illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
Normal-length Picture Book
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Patricia Polacco shares this story that begins when her Great-Gramma Anna comes to America from Russia. As the story continues, we see how each generation is linked to the past through memories that are preserved in a special quilt that is passed from mother to daughter.

This is not terribly exciting nor even very funny, but it is moving and special. I believe every child, especially daughters, should experience this book at least once while young and again as a grown-up.

(Last modified:08/21/2006)

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