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The Keeping Quilt

By Mary Dixon Weidler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Quilt keeps memories of home alive in heartwarming tale.

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This warm, beautifully illustrated book shows how an immigrant family keeps memories of home and family alive through food, storytelling, and a special homemade quilt. The Keeping Quilt wraps around readers like a warm blanket. The book is particularly effective in explaining some of the customs of the Russian Jewish family: When Great-Grandpa Sasha proposes to Anna (the author's great-grandmother), 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." And future couples in the family keep up the tradition.

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

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