The Patchwork Quilt

Bibliographic Information: Flournoy, Valerie, and Jerry Pinkney. The Patchwork Quilt. New York: Dial for Young Readers, 1985. Print.

Brief Annotation: This is a delightful story about a young girl, Tanya, her mother, her grandmother, and her family’s history. Tanya creates a quilt with her mother and grandmother using scraps of fabric from different family members. These scraps have their own memories and come together to create a beautiful masterpiece.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1 – 6

Readers who will like this: Any reader would enjoy this story. Most likely females would prefer it over males as the main characters are all females. Overall, it is a lovely story about family, history, and preserving memories.

Rating/Response: 4 – I really enjoy this story and feel as though an abundance of lesson plans could be created using it. It is long however, so I would recommend using it as a read aloud for the younger grades.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Based on the title of the story, what can you infer that it will be about and why?

Reading Strategy: First Days

Rationale for Strategy: I think that it would be a fabulous community building activity to make a class patchwork quilt within the first few days of school. Students can share their backgrounds as well as information about themselves and can see how each and every student is an integral part of the classroom community.

Posted by: Emma Henke

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