Hello again! With Mother's Day coming up soon, we are sharing books that remind us of the special relationship between a mom and her child, or in today's case, a grandmother and her grandchild. Just like yesterday's pick, The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy is also one of my favorite books from childhood brought into my life by that wonderful and influential t.v. show Reading Rainbow. What an amazing show that was! Why don't we just put this book chat on hold and have a netflix-reading-rainbow-watching binge for the rest of today? No? Later perhaps?
This is the story of Tanya and the close relationship she shares with her grandmother. When Grandma decides to make a quilt, Tanya's mom thinks the project is just too much work and decides to go to the store to buy a quilt instead. Tanya insists on helping Grandma make the quilt. Grandma accepts the help, but lets Tanya know that quilt-making takes a lot work, time, and patience.
"It's gonna take quite a while to make this quilt, not a couple of days or a week - not even a month. A good quilt, a masterpiece . . . "
The book follows a year with Tanya and Grandma quilting through the seasons, holidays, sickness, and health. Eventually the quilt is finished. It is indeed a masterpiece. With the last square sewn, Grandma hands the quilt to Tanya as a gift for her help.
I love the beautiful watercolor pictures of this book. Each has been lovingly sketched and painted with tons of family love and life. This story is great for first or second grade and up. Each page has a full several paragraphs of story that younger ages might not have the attention span to appreciate.
This would make a great gift for Grandma on Mother's Day!