Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Mooshka: A Quilt Story” as Want to Read:
Mooshka: A Quilt Story
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Mooshka: A Quilt Story

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  169 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Karla loves Mooshka, a quilt composed of scraps of fabric from many members of Karlas family. But Mooshka is more than a quilt it can talk, comforting Karla at bedtime. Each square or schnitz, tells her stories of her ancestors and their lives. When new baby sister Hannah arrives, Karlas routine is upset and Mooshka falls silent. Only when Karla shares Mooshka with her sis ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2012 by Peachtree Publishers
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Mooshka, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Mooshka

Extra Yarn by Mac BarnettAnd Then It's Spring by Julie FoglianoGreen by Laura Vaccaro SeegerThe Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William JoyceThis is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
2013 Mock Caldecott
57th out of 97 books — 233 voters
The Case of the Old Man in the Mailbox by Brian C. JacobsRamona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly ClearyHello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonaldA Visitor for Bear by Bonny BeckerElla Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Northwest Children's Authors
22nd out of 32 books — 12 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 263)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Barbara
What a lovely tribute to storytelling and the bonds that exist within families! Karla loves the quilt her grandmother has made for her so much that she names it Mooshka. Each quilt piece (called a schnitz) has a different story and different voice, and Karla takes comfort from those familiar stories of love and adventure and important events in her families' lives. Although she isn't too happy when a new baby arrives, Karla decides to use her beloved quilt and its stories to calm her sister. I l ...more
Ana
I have admired and read children books for a long time. There are loads of good books out there with fascinating color and story. Since it for children, the story itself is so simple yet the children can absorb its moral story.

This book is about Karla whose quilt could talk and tell you bedtime stories. This special quilt whose name Mooshka is made by Karla's grandmother. Each color of the quilt has its own stories. These stories kept Karla calm and sleepy at night.

Through Mooshka's stories, K
...more
Dolly
Dec 13, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2012, childrens, pets
This is a sentimental story, one that really emphasizes the importance of passing down family stories and history to a younger generation. The narrative isn't too long and the illustrations are bold and bright. Our girls loved the different patterns and colors of the schnitz and the shape of the little girl draped in the quilt reminded me of a matryoshka doll.

Overall, it's a nice tale and is certainly good for bedtime reading. We enjoyed reading this book together.
Becky H.
Karla has a quilt (names Mooshka) her grandma made her. The quilt is magical...it talks to her. The quilt tells her the stories that come from each scrap of fabric of what it was before being made into the quilt. One piece was a table cloth that loved being made into a tent. Another piece was a cape her mother wore as a little girl. And another was Halloween costume for the dog. Karla loves her quilt but can't figure out why it stops talking to her when her baby sister arrives. Until she learns ...more
Ed
I cannot say enough about this book. It is the first picture book I have ever read that made me cry tears of joy. The book was magical and touching in so many ways. I think the reason this book affected me so much was that my Mother quilts, and I constantly see reminders of family member's clothing/curtains/blanket (as well as some of my own from childhood) in my Mom's quilts. The book is absolutely beautiful, with fantastic endpapers, and vibrant, colorful drawings on every page. In addition, t ...more
Paul  Hankins
I remembered Julie Paschkis's beautiful illustrations in PABLO NERUDA: POET OF THE PEOPLE. In MOOSHKA, A QUILT STORY, Julie writes and illustrates to create a nice look at capturing memories by rendering them into a family heirloom.

Karla's unusual quilt, which she calls her Mooska, tells her stories as found in its colors and patterns (as a result of her grandmother telling these stories while creating the quilt).

When a baby sister moves into Karla's room, the Mooshka stops sharing its stories u
...more
Sue Morris
Karla’s beloved quilt, named Mooshka, is unlike any other quilt, and not only because the material and design are unique. Mooshka has the ability to talk and tells Karla stories on the nights Karla cannot sleep. All Karla needs to do is place a hand on a patch, or schnitz, and the quilt becomes a storyteller. Karla’s grandmother handpicked each schnitz and told Karla the story behind each as she lovingly pieced Mooshka together. These are the stories that Mooshka recites to Karla late at night.

O
...more
Miriam Rainwater
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Patricia Kemp Blackmon

Karla has a quilt she calls Mooshka. She is very attached to Mooshka. Mooshka is more like a friend to her. It tells her stories and comforts her. The stories consist of the memories from each patch of fabric telling a story of its' own.

I don't want to reveal to much about Mooshka for fear of spoiling the story. But I will say things begin to change once Karla get's a new baby sister. For some reason Mooshka will not talk to Karla since her baby sister arrived.

This is a darling story about fami
...more
Samantha Van
Title: Mooshka: A Quilt Story
Author and Illustrator: Julie Paschkis

Artistic Media: Colored Pencil

Brief Summary: This story is about a little girl who owns a quilt that tells her old stories about her family. When her little sister is born and moves into her room she no longer hears stories. Until one night she puts her blanket in her sister’s crib and starts telling her sister the stories about their family.

Artistic Critique
Illustration Framing: Paschkis put frames around each of her illustrat
...more
Gwen the Librarian
Karla's special blankie is the quilt her grandmother made her out of fabric scraps from the family's life. Karla calls the quilt Mooshka and claims it talks to her. When she touches the squares, she remembers the stories her grandmother told her about each piece, which is helpful when she is feeling scared or sad. When the new baby moves into Karla's room and Karla is angry, Mooshka stops speaking to her. The baby has a tantrum too, so Karla finally shares Mooshka with her new sister and tells h ...more
Tasha
Karla loved her quilt that her grandmother had made for her from scraps. Karla had named the quilt Mooshka. Mooshka kept her warm at night and smelled just right. But the most special thing that Mooska could do was talk. Mooshka would wish Karla sweet dreams and in the morning invite her to pancakes. If Karla couldn’t sleep at night, Mooshka would tell her the story of any patch on the quilt. There were playful stories from tablecloth scraps, romantic stories from a bandana, exciting stories fro ...more
Edward Creter
This book wraps you up in warmth, like a quilt! A young girl learns her traditions as a Jewish girl by hearing stories of quilt history--by the quilt itself, a blankie named Mooshka. But is it the quilt telling the tales of how it was passed down fromone generation to the next...or can she do the telling herself to someone in her own family? Very profound and toasty with love! Be happy!
Jessica
A sweet book on the power of storytelling especially within the family unit and the comfort that they usually bring. I love that each piece of the quilt has a story... I have quilts like that. They are the best!


I found this treasure at the library for a quarter!
Christie Lee
This is a beautifully illustrated book about a little girl and her quilt. The family stories that are told, she soon passes down to her sister, which comforts the baby like it does the little girl, Karla. Family dynamics and history are a great theme for this book, and could lead to a unit of the student's own family histories.
Laura
Karla's grandmother made a wonderful quilt with scraps of fabrics entwined with the family's history. And the incredible, fun part is that the quilt, named Mooshka, actually tells Karla the stories. Each fabric has a different voice and tells wonderful stories about how Karla's grandparents met or how her mother broke her toe. When Karla's little sister, Hannah, moves into her bedroom, Mooshka stops telling stories. Finally, Karla wraps her sister and herself in the quilt and shares the stories ...more
Julie Barrett
Mooshka, A Quilt Story By Julie Paschkis
ISBN: 9781561456208
I was first attracted to this book because of the word Quilt. The cover is very pretty and I know it can be done by quilting various fabrics together to tell a story.
Karla calls her favorite quilt, Mooshka.
It protected her from scary things. Also the quilt would talk to her: sweet dreams, it said, every night.
This quilt, made by her grandmother stitched it, told her of what the squares meant with a story. Precious stories she could rest
...more
Heather
First your blanket talks to you and then it just stops? I have a blanket that is special to me as well, but I did not understand how that dynamic was supposed to work. I did like the history of each of the quilt pieces however.
Amanda Funnell
This reminds me of my childhood. Gram still quilts often, and this just reminds me of all of the memories and intentionality she places into every quilt she makes. The histories...
Maggie
Loved this. Will be sharing this with my granddaughters. Great way to share family stories and memories with pieces of fabric even if you don't make a quilt.
Sarah Sammis
Mooshka, A Quilt Story by Julie Paschkis is about Karla and her quilt. The quilt has been made from scraps of clothing over the years.

Each patch carries a special memory, giving the Mooshka the quilt the ability to relate the family stories to Karla. But Mooshka goes silent when Karla's baby sister is born.

The story, though, isn't really about magical Mooshka. It's about Karla coming to terms with being an older sister and having to share her space and things with a baby.

Mooshka, A Quilt Story b
...more
Robin
Love the story and the illustrations.
The story is about telling stories, with a little sibling rivalry thrown in. The girl reminds me of the Russian nesting dolls. I love the patterns of the quilts and how varied they are. The colors are so bright and appealing. The illustrations were created in gouache and india ink, so they have a bold, flat quality that is perfect for the quilt
Would be great for a storytime about stories, imagination, family -- love the sharing of family history through the q
...more
Margaret
As a quilter it was assumed that automatically this would be a great match for our shelves and although it is a cute story about a girl and her quilt with vivid imagination flowing through every page I don't love it. I'm more a pastel type quilt I suppose and this was just too bright for me. Overall it's a neat concept though.

*Thanks to Peachtree Publishers for loaning an electronic copy through Netgalley.*

posted: http://creativemadnessmama.com/blog/2...
Tracie
Karla's quilt, Mooshka, was made from old scraps of fabric by her grandmother. Each scrap of fabric has a story, and Mooshka shares these stories with Karla.

But one night, Karla's baby sister, Hannah, moves into Karla's room. And Mooshka falls silent.

Through brightly colored, richly textured illustrations, author/illustrator Julie Paschkis unfolds the tale of what Karla (and Mooshka) did to keep the stories alive. This is a heartfelt homage to the sisterly bond and the powers of sharing.
Gail
Karla is a young girl that has been given a quilt made with scraps of fabric from family members. When the little girl touches a quilt square, it (Mooshka) tells her a family story about the person that was wearing that fabric and what happened to them while wearing it. When Karla’s baby sister arrives, Mooshka stops being the storyteller. Karla repeats stories and shares them with her sister Hannah. When Karla gives the quilt to her sister, Mooshka becomes the storyteller again.
Melissa
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
jacky
One of our librarians gave us this when helping us get books featuring Q. While Natalie wasn't that into it, I loved it. I think it was still just a bit too complex for her. I liked the focus on the colors. But what was really awesome was the way the quilt told her stories connected with each fabric. I really liked the mystical element. A very sweet ending passing the quilt on to the baby, too.
Jessica
What beautiful art and a lovely story from Julie Paschkis. I think this would be a good read-aloud story - the story of a little girl's favorite quilt, and the stories that each patch tells her. Also a story of how the quilt and stories become a comfort to her new baby sister.

I would love to have art by Julie - the illustrations in this book are fantastic, and colorful, and very folk art. :)
Katie Fitzgerald
There are so few story time appropriate books about quilts, but this is one! It reminds me of A Quilt Story by Tony Johnston, but with the added element of introducing a new baby into a family. I love that the quilt represents the family's stories, and that the older sister is able to pass them along to her younger sister to keep the tradition alive.
Cierra Edwards
This story is about a little girl named Karla and her quilt. When the little girl goes to bed at night, the quilt tells her stories of her ancestors. It tells her stories because the quilt is composed of scraps of fabric from various members of her family past and present. I love this story because it tells the importance of family and family history.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • More
  • Another Brother
  • Laundry Day
  • One Special Day: A Story for Big Brothers and Sisters
  • Kali's Song
  • Little Bird
  • The Cloud Spinner
  • Oh, No!
  • Boot & Shoe
  • Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic
  • Squid and Octopus Friends for Always
  • Gem
  • A Home for Bird
  • Step Gently Out
  • Because Amelia Smiled
  • Baby Bear Sees Blue
  • King Arthur's Very Great Grandson
  • Red Knit Cap Girl
Apple Cake: A Recipe for Love P. Zonka Lays an Egg The Nutcracker Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales So Sleepy; Wide Awake

Share This Book