The Handkerchief Quilt

The Handkerchief Quilt

Book The Handkerchief QuiltWritten by: Carol Crane

Illustrated by: Gary Palmer

Published by: Sleeping Bear Press 2010

Ages: 6 and up

Theme: community, coming together, raising funds, helping those in need.

Opening lines: The town always started its day with the 7am factory whistle. Its long, shrill blasts hung as if suspended in air, and then, just for a moment, everything was quiet before the world of work started.

Synopsis: From front cover- For many years Monday through Friday, Miss Anderson has walked to Parkland School, eager to begin her day’s work in her classroom. She is a devoted teacher, beloved by the many children she has taught over the years. The school and her students mean everything to her.

After one holiday weekend, Parkland School suffers a devastating flood. Burst pipes send water pouring into classrooms and the library. The school must close for repairs. But it’s not just the building that has been damaged. New supplies and materials, especially books, are needed. But there isn’t enough money to do it all.

Miss Anderson cannot bear to think of her beloved school closed and her students left without materials. What can she do to help? And when the answer comes to her, Miss Anderson knows what to do and whom to ask for assistance.

Why I like it: This is a lovely story with so many themes. Immediately when I read this I thought of how it reminded me of the earthquakes we have had, not only here but around the world. Or even small disasters that happen, even within our own towns, cities or villages. How like in this book people come together to help, a community responds in creative ways to help themselves and others. It also showed how one creative gesture no matter how small can become such a lifesaving opportunity. The text is lyrically written and what is even more interesting is that it is based on a true story of Carol’s mother. Set in the 1950’s the soft watercolour illustrations give it that period feel and charm. Both; Carol, who has written over 14 books for Sleeping Press, and Gary who is a freelance illustrator, live in North Carolina.

Resources/Findings:  This is a great resource from the book in getting kids involved in fund-raising, cooking, how to report or write-up a disaster news, etc…

How to make a Handkerchief Quilt..

Here is another neat craft idea…

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About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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10 Responses to The Handkerchief Quilt

  1. Darlene says:

    How wonderful. A great book about dealing with a bad situation.

    • Glad you like it Darlene. I’m amazed you have time to visit with all your traveling. I so love hearing how you are doing. Take care, stay safe and keep in touch. Love seeing you here.

  2. This sound like a gem — especially for kids who’ve experienced a disaster — thought about your earthquakes immediately. Community does come together — that’s the grace I look for when things happen. Never enough altruistic books. Great choice.

    • Thanks Pat. It is a beautiful message and yes when all else is sad around us it is the community and friends near and far that mean so much and give of themselves and their time that we will always remember. A universal message for sure. Thanks again, Pat.

  3. A handkerchief quilt! How very clever! I like feel good stories where everyone works together. Thanks for sharing this one!

  4. Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

    Wonderful story! A school near my hometown burned down last year. It was wonderful to see how the community pulled together to rebuild. I should donate this book to their new library!

    • What a wonderful idea Cathy. This story would really “touch the spot.” I too sent down some books to a school down country that lost it’s library. I’m sure they are appreciating them as we speak. : Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

  5. This sounds great! 😀

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