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The Quiltmaker’s Gift

By October 1, 2018Book Reviews

The Quiltmaker’s Gift
Written by Jeff Brumbeau
Illustrated by Gail de Marcken

“Some said there was magic in her fingers. Some whispered that her needles and cloth were gifts of the bewitched. And still others said the quilts really fell to earth from the shoulders of passing angels.”

The Quiltmaker’s Gift is a modern day fable extolling the virtue of generosity and demonstrating how a greedy heart can be transformed. The quiltmaker only sews her beautiful quilts for the poor and needy. When a greedy king demands one of these exquisite quilts, a showdown ensues. Watch how a commitment to purpose transforms a kingdom.

The Quiltmaker’s Gift is both a delight to the eyes and ears! The beautiful illustrations feature various quilt patterns, outdoor scenes, as well as expressive characters. In addition to reading this book, readers could play “I Spy” throughout because of number of beautiful objects used to communicate the story. The illustrations only enhance the written words, which utilize strong describing words like “swoop”, “pierce”, and “muttered”. Children will find themselves amazed at the extravagance of the king and the determination of the quiltmaker.

The Quiltmaker’s Gift is one of my favorite picture books because it has the perfect trifecta: an engaging story,  beautiful illustrations, and an underlying character lesson communicated in a non-preachy way. Enjoy the same beautiful illustrations and writing in the prequel, The Quiltmaker’s Journey.  

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