These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
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Young readersElementary readersUpper elementary readers
8 stars

The Keeping Quilt

AR: 4.4
Lexile: 920
RC: 5.3
Written and illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
Normal-length Picture Book
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Original post — Saturday, July 29, 2006

Patricia Polacco shares this story that begins when her Great-Gramma Anna comes to America from Russia. As the story continues, we see how each generation is linked to the past through memories that are preserved in a special quilt that is passed from mother to daughter.

This is not terribly exciting nor even very funny, but it is moving and special. I believe every child, especially daughters, should experience this book at least once while young and again as a grown-up.

(Last modified:08/21/2006)

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