The Keeping Quilt
"We will make a quilt to help us always remember home," Anna's mother said. "It will be like heaving the family in backhome Russia dance around us at night.
And so it was. From a basket of old clothes, Anna's babushka, Uncle Vladimir's shirt, Aunt Havalah's nightdress and an apron of Aunt Natasha's become The Keeping Quilt, passed along from mother to daughter for almost a...more
The illustrations are wonderful. The quilt and its dress and babushka that went into making it, are shown in glorious color; the rest of the illustrations are done in charcoal. It makes for a lovely effect.
The story is very moving. It starts when the author’s great grandmother came to America and how as she outgrew her dress, that dress and her headscarf were used, along with other family members’ items, were used to make a quilt. ...more
This is a wonderful tale about a piece of history that has remained within a family and helped to keep the memory of their ancestors alive. The story is a simple one, but it is very heartwarming. The illustrations are an unusual mix of black and white with spots of color, usually featuring the quilt or material ...more
It was sweet enough—and I'm already prejudiced towards it as I am a quilter. And I want to make one of these. I absolutely adored the colorful animals and flowers that were appliqued on this quilt! I also loved the many, many ways in which this quilt was used and loved [although I did hold my breath when it was used as a tablecloth...eek].
It was more a story of family, keeping alive the memory of those who have passed on.
Anna, a young Russian Jewish girl, comes to the USA with her family. When she outgrows her dress that she used to wear on their farm in Russia, her mother comes up with the idea of using the material from the dress and shawl to make a quilt. Neighbors are invited to participate in the making of the quilt and they all have fun while working together. The quilt is then passed on from generation to generation on the ...more
Awards: 1988 Sydney Taylor Book Award
Grade Level: 3-5
The Keeping Quilt can be used in the classroom to teach the students about generations of family and traditions that can be passed down from generation to generation. Anna’s ancestors were dirt farmers in Russia. The students could do research and find out what that actually was. The story mentions New York, Russia, and Michigan. I could use this to have the students learn about each state and Russia. For a follow up a ...more
I think this story was very simple. It was about a great grandmother who immigrated to America from Russia and made a quilt from her favorite materials, which were then passed down through the generations. It shows how our society has changed over the generation, because at the great grandmothers wedding the men and women celebrated separately compared to when the great granddaughter’s wedding and both sexes celebrated and danced together. I think it shows how traditions in cul ...more
Theme: Realize importance of celebrating traditions and holding onto those traditions in other environments. ...more
Polacco once again tells a touching story about her family and its Russ ...more
-great to show geneology, for the quilt is handed down from great grandparents and down
-a wonderful idea would be for each ELL child to bring in a cultural artifact, something that represents their culture and share it with the class
-this way, students and teachers get to know each other more
The artwork in this book is unique in that it is all brown and white except f ...more
The Keeping Quilt is the story of a quilt that was handed down in the author’s family for generations. It began with her great-gramma, Anna, who migrated from Russia to America. She and her mother created a quilt out of the scraps from one of Anna’s dresses – the quil ...more