I like all kinds of different picture books. I like the cute ones, the clever ones, the well-illustrated ones, and the funny ones. But there’s another kind of picture book – a really good kind. It’s the historically-informative one.
The Keeping Quilt is the story of a quilt that was handed down in the author’s family for generations. It began with her great-gramma, Anna, who migrated from Russia to America. She and her mother created a quilt out of the scraps from one of Anna’s dresses – the quilt was used as a tablecloth when their family celebrated the Sabbath, a huppa when Anna was married, and a blankie for Anna’s daughter Carle. Carle repeated the pattern, marrying under the huppa and wrapping her daughter, Mary Ellen, in the quilt. Each generation this cycle was repeated and one day, Patricia’s own daughter, Denise, will take the quilt into her new home.
As the story progresses, we also view the progress of time and culture. The quilt is used with some modifications during the later wedding ceremonies, but it is still present. The illustrations are a bit scratchy looking, but they fit in well with the story.
Conclusion. A great book about family tradition and history.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret