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Kids Fiction 1983
A Sweet Heirloom
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Karla's quilt is unlike any other: it comforts her as she falls asleep with stories of the squares (or "schnitz") that make it up. Through the quilt, she learns about her grandparents' love, her aunt's imagination, and her mother's adventurous childhood. When Karla's new baby sister moves into her bedroom, Mooshka falls silent. After using Mooshka to appease her crying sister, Karla learns that family stories are for sharing.

Julie Paschkis' illustrations are appealing, pulling in the reader with their bright colors and patterns. Each page looks like pieces of a quilt until Mooshka stops telling stories and the background becomes a boring navy. This clever technique helps emphasize the moral of the story visually.

Young readers will love the illustrations and families will love the message of "Mooshka, A Quilt Story".
Good Points
The vibrant colors will attract readers.
A tribute to storytelling and family heirlooms
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