The Keeping Quilt

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

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