Mooshka, A Quilt Story

Mooshka, A Quilt Story
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Release Date
March 01, 2012
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Karla loves Mooshka, a quilt composed of scraps of fabric from many members of Karla s family. But Mooshka is more than a quilt it can talk, comforting Karla at bedtime. Each square or schnitz, tells her stories of her ancestors and their lives. When new baby sister Hannah arrives, Karla s routine is upset and Mooshka falls silent. Only when Karla shares Mooshka with her sister does the quilt begin to speak again and tell Hannah stories of Karla's early life.

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A Sweet Heirloom
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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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