Keeping Quilt

Book review by
Mary Dixon Weidler, Common Sense Media
Keeping Quilt Book Poster Image
Rich, fascinating, and heartwarming story.

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

Anna, the little girl, ages throughout the story and finally dies at ninety-eight.

Language

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that innovative artwork enhances this rich and fascinating story involving a family leaving Russia.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

What's the story?

When you move to a country far away, how can you keep your homeland close? For Anna and her family, the answer is to make a quilt from pieces of clothing from Russia. This heart-warming story wraps around readers like a warm blanket.

 

Is it any good?

This is a touching tale about the love between generations. Children were interested in seeing the storyteller's family move through life. The children especially related to Patricia, the most Americanized in her ways among the family members, who used the quilt as a tent and as a tablecloth for her first birthday party.< The book is particularly effective in explaining some of the customs of the Russian-Jewish family: When Great-Grandpa Sasha proposes to Anna, he gives her "a gold coin, a dried flower, and a piece of rock salt ... the gold was for wealth, the flower for love, and the salt so their lives would have flavor."

Author and illustrator Patricia Polacco chose to have the quilt be the only object in full color; the rest of her sketches are beige and brown. In the same sense, it is the tradition and love of the family that brings color to the characters' lives. The illustrations enhance the author's meaning.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about family heirlooms. Do you have any objects that have been in your family for a long time or have been passed down from generation to generation? Why are those objects so important to your family?

Book details

Top advice and articles

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate