The Keeping Quilt
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
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.
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
I think that this book would be beneficial when teaching about different cultures. It is primarily related to Jewish culture, but ...more
"The Keeping Quilt" follows the outlines of a historical fiction story correctly, as it addresses the impact of themes on the characters, such as kee ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book! It was very fair in its representation of social-cultural diversity. It opened my mind up more to the Russian culture. The book taught me new vocabulary words to use when describing the Russian culture to others if needed. I love the way book showed many things about the way eat, celebrate, family traditions, and so much more throughout four generations. I also love how the book showed how these things can change throughout the years ...more
This story is fictionalized family history because we learn about this R ...more
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
Being set so far in the past, this book is considered historical fiction. Unlike many works of historical fiction it is not centered around a particular historical event. But like most histori ...more
The point of view of the story is from the daughter of the family, and then gets pass ...more
Throughout the book the pictures were black and white except for the red babushka and blue dress that soon was made into the quilt. The quilt was the onl ...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 also felt that the presence of another tradition in the book—the gold coin, flower, salt and bread—weakened the impact of the quilt. In my opinion, the story should have focused on one or the other. If this were a longer book, multiple symbols and themes could have been developed effectively. But in a story this short, simpler is more powerful ...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