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Mooshka by Julie Paschkis
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Apr 03, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: picturebooks

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 her the stories of the quilt, calming both of them. Mooshka's stories were meant to be shared.

Paschkis' illustrations glow with color and life. Her folkarty style is at its best here, paired with a story that is folksy too. She borders each vignette with the corresponding color and fabric to convey Mooshka's qualities. The fabric sets the mood for each page.

This is ultimately a lovely book about family, memory, and love that conveys much with little text and is perfect for a preschool-age audience.

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