Bibliographic Information: Polacco, P. (1988). The Keeping Quilt. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Brief Annotation: All families have different traditions that keep them together. Whether it be passing down jewelry of an ancestor or quilts like the one used in this book, they hold a special place in the hearts of many. This book discusses how much a quilt means to a family and it is a way for children to relate to their own lives and their own traditions.
Genre: Making Connections
Grade Level: Pre-K-3
Readers who will like this: I believe that anyone would enjoy this book for its drawings and great story. Children love being able to relate to anything they can and this is a book where children can do this.
Rating/Response: 4.5 I loved reading this book. I found it interesting because it implemented not only a tradition but a culture as well. Some children may be Jewish or Russian in class and this would be a book they would love, and I think that is important.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Thinking of your home life, do you have any traditions? What are they?
Reading Strategy: Making Connections
Rationale for Strategy: I chose this book because we all have traditions or memories that we love to keep near and dear to our hearts. I think that being able to share these with classmates is something we all love because it is what separates us from others and makes us unique.
Posted by: Brittany Billiet