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The Keeping Quilt

4.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,222 Ratings  ·  342 Reviews
A homemade quilt ties together the lives of four generations of an immigrant Jewish family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 1996 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1988)
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Lisa Vegan
Nov 20, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
I love this picture book biography about a family and their quilt.

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.
Jan 22, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely true story about family tradition as the quilt, made from an immigrant daughter's outgrown babushka, is passed down through the generations, making appearances at many important events. Polacco shows how religion and culture have evolved some through the generations of Jewish marriages down to Polacco's own. I appreciate the idea of the illustrations with the quilt being the only thing in color, though I'm not sure the overall illustrations really wowed me. However, I think this ...more
Speechless… I am just totally blown away by this recent book I have read by Patricia Polacco! “The Keeping Quilt” is a beautiful picture book by Patricia Polacco that details the life story of Patricia Polacco’s family that has emigrated from Russia and how her Great Gramma Anna passed down her precious quilt to her children for four generations and has remained to be a wonderful treasure to her entire family. “The Keeping Quilt” is truly one of the best books written by Patricia Polacco ever wr ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
I first read this book years ago in a multicultural education course I took as an undergrad. I was brought to tears in a hot summer classroom full of bored college kids but I was in awe then and reading it now, I was brought to tears again. Polacco is an incredible storyteller and it is even more incredible that her stories are true and from the heart. “The Keeping Quilt” was able to bring me to tears as a mother because there is something about sharing a quilt or any object across several gener ...more
Tedi Tsopelas
Sep 28, 2015 Tedi Tsopelas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In “The Keeping Quilt” by Patricia Polacco, we are introduced to generations of a family who came to the United States from Russia. The story’s plot articulates the use of old clothing and materials people of the family brought together in order to create a quilt. From scraps of clothing to babushka dolls, the quilt was sewed together to be used by the family during different events in their lifetimes such as gatherings, engagements, weddings, births and deaths. The quilt created many traditions ...more
Mar 21, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patricia Polacco read this book to me at the IRC luncheon Saturday, March 21, 2009. What a wonderful read. The red babushka highlighted on the cover and the red fabric throughout the book chronicles the life of the quilt and the life of the family. This masterfully crafted, simple yet powerful, book reminds us of the importance of traditions in families. It doesn't matter what the tradition, tradition gives structure to a child's life, even when that child grows up. The caring, nurturing, loving ...more
Oct 05, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We really enjoy Patricia Polacco's stories and so we look for them often at our local library. Lucky for us, she is a very prolific writer, so we still have a lot of her books to discover.

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
Jun 17, 2008 kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: JPIC
Recommended to kelly by: URI530
A story about the immigration of Ms. Polacco's relatives from Russia and how a quilt made from worn out clothes brings the memory of far off relatives closer and binds them all together - Interesting use eof color for the quilt while other illustrations are in browns
May 07, 2008 Joanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it, love it, love it! This is Patricia Polacco's story of her family's "keeping quilt" passed from generation to generation. An absolute treasure.
May 30, 2009 Marcia rated it it was amazing
A homemade quilt represents a Jewish family who emigrated from Russia to New York more than 100 years ago. The quilt is used to mark special life events such as births, weddings, birthdays, and the passing of elders. The quilt owner is the historian of all the family stories and the quilt serves as visual remembrance of those who came before. The story’s theme teaches of family traditions and the quilt, a very special family heirloom that is handed down through the generations. As each generatio ...more
Kathy Davie
Mar 18, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
Shelves: children
A children's storybook that revolved around a quilt of memories.

My Take
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.

L-Crystal Wlodek
This picture book, recommended for readers 8-10 years of age and has received the The Sydney Taylor Book Award. This book is about a family quilt, which is made from a basket of old clothes of several family members from many generations. The quilt represents the importance of family and heritage, as tells the story of the importance of the quilt, and all the events for which is has been a part (Sabbaths, weddings, births) as it has been passed along from mother to daughter through four generati ...more
Apr 26, 2012 Catalina rated it really liked it
Polacco, Patricia, The Keeping Quilt. New York: Aladdin Picture Books, 2001. Print.
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
Amber M
Sep 16, 2013 Amber M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fab-40-file
Genre: Historical Fiction
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
Sue Stapleton
Apr 30, 2016 Sue Stapleton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Polacco, P. (1988). The Keeping Quilt, Aladdin.

Patricia Polacco’s book The Keeping Quilt is the story about a Russian family who practices the Jewish faith and uses their old clothes to create a beautiful quilt that gets passed down from generation to generation. The quilt is used in family celebrations, weddings and welcoming new babies into the family. Many families treasure a tradition of passing family stories from one generation to the next, and family stories have fed the historical fictio
"The Keeping Quilt" by Patricia Polacco is a rich story about a family's journey and history through the shared family quilt. The story begins with the families journey from Russia to the United States, when they arrive the young girl attends school where she learns to speak English. One day the girl realizes that she is outgrowing her favorite dress and babushka, her Mother then makes a plan to sow a quilt. All of the women in the family sit at a large table and begin to quilt together bits of ...more
Courtnie Love-Sorrell
When the narrator’s great grandma Anna came to America from Russia, she wore an overcoat and boots that she had worn during her work on the farm. However, in New York the family didn’t work on a farm, rather her father pushed things on a wagon and the rest of the family made artificial flowers. Anna learned how to speak English in six months of living there and the only thing that she owned that reminded her of Russia was her dress and babushka. When her belongings got too small for her to wear, ...more
Brenda Fajardo
Apr 30, 2016 Brenda Fajardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Polacco, P. (1988). The keeping quilt. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

“The Keeping Quilt, is about a homemade quilt that represents a Jewish family who emigrated from Russia to New York more than 100 years ago. The quilt was used to mark special life events such as births, weddings, birthdays, and the passing of the elders. As generation became more Americanized, the traditions remain the same, yet each bride added subtle changes.

The book keep the importance of family an
Tyler Boyd
Apr 30, 2016 Tyler Boyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Keeping Quilt is a great story of a family and their tradition of passing down a quilt. The family in this book migrated from Russia to the United States, this is where the story begins. The first generation of Polacco’s in the United States is Anna and her family. Anna learns English within the first six months of being in an American school and has to translate for her parents. The only things Anna has from her home in Russia with her are a dress and a babushka. The babushka is eventually ...more
Nicole Richter
Apr 30, 2016 Nicole Richter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Keeping Quilt is a work of historical fiction that follows generations of Russian immigrants as they settle into life in America. The narrator, Patricia, begins with the story of her great-grandmother, Ana, and what it was like for her to come to the United States. When the only garments she has left from Russia become to small her mother and the neighborhood ladies makes a quilt. Their creation becomes a thread throughout the rest of the story as marriages happens and the family grows. It h ...more
Apr 29, 2016 Alexandria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Keeping Quilt is a beautiful story about family and tradition. This book begins with a Jewish family, the Polacco’s who immigrate to America and dearly miss their home back in Russia. The first generation begins with Anna with her dress and her babushka. Soon enough, Anna’s mother decides to make a quilt composed of Anna's babushka, Uncle Vladimir's shirt, Aunt Havalah's nightdress and an apron of Aunt Natasha's, which serves as a reminder of home. The Keeping Quilt is then handed down from ...more
Bianca Pineda
Anna and her family recently moved from Russia to New York and she soon found herself speaking English. Anna grew homesick after she realizes all she has left of Russia is her dress and babushka. After she grows too big for her clothes she and her mother decide to design a quilt out of clothing from family members for they can always be with them. This quilt goes on to become a family heirloom that is passed on from generation to generation.

The Keeping Quilt is a fictionalized family history st
Amy Werdenberg
Apr 29, 2016 Amy Werdenberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Keeping Quilt tells the tale of a Russian family as they immigrate to the United States and settle in. The women in the family make a quilt with various pieces of old clothing from different relatives, including Anna’s babushka. As Anna grows up the quilt is used for a variety of purposes: it is a tablecloth for Sabbath dinners, it is her wedding chuppah, and she wraps her baby daughter in it. The quilt is passed down from generation to generation and plays an important role in all the famil ...more
Melissa Overland-mckay
This book tells of a great family tradition and fictional memoirs. The author shares of her families traditions but also teaches about the history of family traditions and gatherings and how over time although most traditions stayed the same some changed and the change was welcome and accepted. The author does a great job in creating a beautiful picture of each part of the family’s tradition, but also in teaching about a family’s religious tradition and historical past. The author is able to sha ...more
Caroline Paul
A girl is telling the story about her great grandma Anna. She wore the same clothes that she wore as a farmer in Russia, but in the United States that was not her profession anymore. When she went to school English sounded strange, but in 6 months she learned the language and even had to speak it for her parents. The only things she had from Russia was her dress and hat. When she became too big for the dress, her mother and the ladies from the neighborhood made a quilt from all of the clothing f ...more
Courtney Spicer
Polacco, P. (1998). The keeping quilt. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Great grandmother Anna came from Russia to New York. She missed Russia, but kept her memories alive wearing her traditional Russian dress and babushka. As she grew, she could no longer fit into her dress. Her mother and the neighbors took some of the families clothing from Russia, and sewed together a quilt, to remember and wrap around themselves. Each generation was married under the quilt, and followe
Kristen Brink
This story is about a family of immigrants from Russia. The family had moved to New York and changed what they did for a living. The children and family members began to miss Russia. Anna's mother came up with an idea to make a quilt out of old fabrics, that would help to remind the family about their remaining family in Russia. They included different colors and shapes which stood for different things, such as gold to never know poverty. This quilt was used for different family memories, such a ...more
Apr 27, 2016 Taylor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rdg-291
Polacco, P. (2001). The Keeping Quilt. Aladdin.

This story describes the fictionalized family history starting with a young girl who migrated from Russia to New York in the United States. To remember her life in Russia, her family's old clothes are turned into a quilt. The quilt and other symbolic items such as gold, flower, salt, and bread are past down the family. The quilt has been used in multiple wedding ceremonies, table cloths, and blankets. The narrator has shared the history of the quilt
Apr 27, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Keeping Quilt" by Patricia Polacco is a story about a Russian family and their memories that are passed down in the form of a pieced-together quilt from family member to family member. The quilt is used in a variety of ways, from blanket to wrap babies to a table cloth at a party to an important piece at a wedding...though it first started as a dress and a babushka.

The book is a non-fiction picture book that incorporates the themes of family, culture, and tradition. The author creates an a
"The Keeping Quilt" is a story about an immigrant family moving from Russia to the United States. Anna, a young girl, arrived at Ellis Island with her family from Russia. She had to learn English and began her new life in America. As she grew, her clothes became too small. Her mother decided that, in order to remember their Russian roots, they would make a quilt out of her outgrown clothes. The quilt was used in regularly as well as special occasions such as marriages and to wrap newborn babies ...more
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