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The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
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May 30, 09

bookshelves: historical-fiction, childrens-picture
Read in June, 2008

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 generation becomes more Americanized, the traditions remain the same; yet subtle changes are added by each bride. I enjoyed how each generation shared the same symbolism in their wedding bouquets: gold first meant “for wealth” and changed “to never know poverty”; flowers first meant “for love” and changed “to always know love”; salt so their lives would always have flavor; and bread was latter added “to never know hunger”. The story is also about keeping alive the memories of our ancestors. Recommended for grade level K-3.
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Veronica Great review Marcia. I enjoyed this book... thanks for the recommendation!


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