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Mooshka by Julie Paschkis
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Mar 28, 12

bookshelves: families, quilts, ncbla2013, picture-book
Read in March, 2012

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 liked how the object that she cherishes ends up being the very object she shares with her sister. The India ink and gouache illustrations featuring various quilt patterns in different sizes and shapes surround the text with brightly-hued images. The illustration that depicts Karla lying in bed, one hand touching a schnitz evokes a feeling of warmth, safety, and comfort that comes from knowing that she is loved.
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