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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550747770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550747775
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The difficult transition from family home to retirement community is poignantly rendered in this cross-generational tale told from a child's viewpoint. Emily tours her grandmother's empty house one last time before taking the reluctant Oma to her new residence. Bourgeois (author of the Franklin series) creates an immediate nostalgic feeling with Emily's observations. (Oma's house "still smells like cabbage soup, warm yeasty dough, lemon polish and vinegar.") Though the subject is bittersweet, the author keeps the story moving in lighthearted fashion, as optimistic Emily offers her impression of Oma's new home: "There are flowers everywhere.... There is a library... and even bowling on Wednesdays!" A displaced Oma is full of complaints ("The bowling alley lanes are crooked and the rental shoes smell funny" and she takes to calling her fellow residents "Nincompoops!"). Jorisch's (As for the Princess: A Folktale from Quebec) sun-drenched watercolors showing plump chairs and sofas in warm colors maintain a cheery mood. As Emily and her mother sort through Oma's now-boxed-up belongings, the girl suggests that they sew a quilt from them; it provides the cure for Oma's sourpuss facade. As Oma fondly looks over the quilt, pictures of events from the woman's past cascade in a joyous full-bleed spread. Author and artist stitch together a heartfelt reminder of the comfort that only the familiar can bring. Ages 4-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 4-A young girl describes her grandmother's move to a retirement home. The story begins with the two of them sharing one last moment at Oma's house. On a tour of her new residence, the woman expresses her longing for her old house and neighborhood. When Emily and her mom sort through Oma's possessions to decide what to keep or give away, everything evokes a special memory and they are left with only one pile-things to keep. The last box contains a quilt Oma made from grandpa's old shirts, and Emily suggests to her mother that they make one for grandma from her belongings. The quilt becomes Oma's treasure and helps her to adjust to the change. By the end of the story, she is content with her new home. The illustrations are done in soft pastel colors and enhance the peaceful mood of the text. This reassuring story illustrates that people can cope with major changes in their life.

Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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This is a terrific book for grand kids..
Diane Measel
This book teaches children about aging and how to deal with the elderly in a compassionate and responsible way.
CJ
Using pen and watercolors, illustrator Stephane Jorisch brings a great deal of life and verve to the tale.
E. R. Bird

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Picture books that examine the relationships between children and elderly adults are nothing new. They can range from the insipid "Baby Duck" books to the eloquent and insightful "Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge". "Oma's Quilt" is a little different than other kid + senior citizen stories partly because its focus rests squarely on the adult and not on the child. Tackling a subject that more and more adults must face every year, "Oma's Quilt" shows what it takes to make a new home a familiar one.

Emily's grandmother (or "Oma") is moving from her house into a retirement community. The reader gets the distinct impression that this was not Oma's idea and she's not especially keen to leave. After all, she's lived in her house for most of her lifetime. When Emily and her mother go to the Forest View Retirement Home, Oma is not very receptive. She thinks the food is odd, the bed uncomfortable, and the other people in the home "nincompoops". Sensing that the transition is probably going to need a little work, Emily and her mother try to figure out a way to help Oma. Yet it isn't until they sort through the woman's old clothes that Emily comes up with a brilliant solution. Why not make a quilt out of all the old fabrics for Oma to use and remember with? Together, they make one and Oma is delighted. On it she's able to point out the moments of her life that meant the most to her and to pass them on to her kin. By the end, Oma still thinks the other residents are nincompoops, but she's started helping in the kitchen and her old friend Mrs. Mostowyk may be moving in soon. Things are looking up.

I found it odd that the story gave so little attention to Emily's thoughts and feelings.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Woolcott on November 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful story about a young girl's Oma who is moving into a retirement home. It shows how hard it can be for her grandmother moving from the home she's known for so long, and trying to adjust to her new surroundings. It teaches a lot of empathy for the elderly, but without being preachy. My own daughter calls her grandparents "Oma" and "Opa" (German for Grandmother and Grandfather) and although her Oma isn't quite read for retirement yet, and doesn't make cabbage soup and strudel, it really helped bring the story to life for her. Every child can probably find a bit of their own grandparents in the story. The illustrations are as excellent as the story.
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By Janney on January 15, 2014
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Pictures/art are very well done and the story is deeper than most books of this type. Enjoyed it a lot, and it made me think of what connections "need" to be fostered between generations in our lives.
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By Gizmo on February 25, 2013
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This story highlights the transition to the nursing home with sensitivity from the three generations involved in the story. Oma's quilt and how it is created and how it smoothes the transition is an endearing tale. This book fit nicely into our Quilt/Book reading program at our pre-school. Great art work.
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