Tradition. Heritage. Roots. Family. The importance of these words in our children's lives is celebrated joyfully in this lovely picture book about a quilt sewn and shared through generations of Patricia Polacco's family.
When the family immigrated from Russia to New York City, they left behind the farm and took up making artificial flowers. The old country was part of their past but their family bonds and memories were woven into their lives and their stories. The women of the neighborhood gathered together to sew a quilt constructed of the salvaged pieces of Anna's worn out dress and babushka. These pieces formed the quilt border and within the quilt the women chose other scraps to form animals and flowers each with a story from the family history.
The quilt holds the family stories and is brought forth to be used as a huppa at a wedding or as a superhero cape when small ones are caught up in adventures.
As each generation of the Polacco kin shares its love and laughter and passes on, the quilt moves forward to be embraced and the stories it holds live on and connect those lifetime moments from the past with the lives of the family in the present.
Tradition and heritage provide structure to our children's lives. The story also spotlights the strength of the contribution of immigrants to our country.
32 pages Ages 6-10 978-0153052125 paperback
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