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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439512190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439512190
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5–In this prequel to The Quiltmaker's Gift (Pfeifer-Hamilton, 1999), Brumbeau and de Marcken tell the story of this generous artisan's early life. As a young girl, the protagonist lives the grand life of a wealthy child in a land where poverty is unknown, but she is not happy. One night she slips out of the walled city and finds the world beyond, scarred by poverty and need. She has little with her, but kind strangers help her on her journey, where she finds happiness through giving. When she returns to her walled home, the elders reject her idea to give her wealth to the needy, and she is turned out of the city. She becomes a quiltmaker, and the rest is history. The brightly detailed and realistic watercolor illustrations will give children plenty to pore over, but the plodding story is overwhelmingly didactic and much too sweet to appeal to a wide audience.–Angela J. Reynolds, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro, OR
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K-Gr. 3. In this prequel to The Quiltmaker's Gift (1999), a young woman born into great wealth risks banishment to see what lies beyond the walls of her town, encounters poverty and disease, and resolves to help the poor. The theme of out-of-control materialism segues into an exciting quest story, but what really distinguishes this are the vivid, intricately designed watercolors, double-page spreads with insets of varying size that add drama and action to the main story. The inside of the jacket is an elaborate puzzle-poster showing the book's setting and action from a panoramic perspective. The endpapers display and name 34 quilt patterns, presented in full color, many of which (in a different color combination) are set beside the boxed text, serving as clues to the heroine's journey; a pattern called "Twist and Turn," for example, accompanies text describing the girl's struggle through a rat-filled maze. An ambitious, strikingly illustrated moral fable that will give children much to look at; a special treat for quilters, too. Connie Fletcher
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Wonderful story with a great illustrations for children of all ages.
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She has experienced hours of enjoyment sharing the books with her grandchildren.
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This is a prequel to The Quiltmaker's Gift, another outstanding book.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Trice A. Kastein on April 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Jeff Brumbeau has another potential award winner with The Quiltmaker's Journey. A great story about how the Quiltmaker came to be, he continues the theme of the original book that giving of oneself and caring for others illuminates our lives with love. Gail de Marken's illustrations are, again, timeless and her familiarity with the art of quilting lends authenticity to the quilt blocks dotting the pages of this wonderfult story. The Quiltmaker's Journey will win the hearts of young and old alike and if you happen to be a quilter, too, that just sweetens the deal.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on January 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully illustrated and wonderfully well written story of the transformation that occurred in the girl who became the Quiltmaker. This is a prequel to The Quiltmaker's Gift, another outstanding book.

Themes include poverty, greed, generosity, self sacrifice, simplicity, helpfulness, deception, truthfulness, and suffering.

Our 6 year old loves this story.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have been in the education field for over 20 years. I teach quilting to over 300 students a year in a middle school setting. This is an awesome book to share with all ages. I used it to not only teach the message from the book, but used it to have them look at the mathmatical concepts of the quilt squares. Pictures outstanding, and the story is wonderful.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The quiltmaker of this story was born into great wealth, living inside a city walled off from the outside and where everyone inside was also rich. She was so wealthy, she ran out of things to spend her money on and so began wondering what was on the outside. The town elders told great tales of danger and woe, so she and the other young people were afraid to venture outward.
However, she reached the point where her curiosity got the best of her and she managed to find a way out of the town. She was shocked to discover that everyone outside her former town was poor and forced to do without. Yet, even with their lack of things, they were all willing to help her when she needed something. This was a lesson she took to heart and eventually here wanderings took her back to her point of origin.
Once back in the town she tried to convince the elders to help the poor but they refused. Furthermore, when she left the town again she was not allowed to take any of her wealth and under no circumstances would she be allowed back in. This did not prove to be a burden as her pure heart caused even the animals to bring her what she needed. Her first act was to make a quilt for a mother and son who were huddled and freezing. Once that was done, her heart was warmed so from that point on she made quilts and gave them away. The joy of those acts made her realize that up until that point her wealth had all been a façade and now she truly understood what it meant to be rich.
This is a story told with such simple passion and elegance that it moves you. Charity is something that you do for yourself, because the act of giving away can give you more joy than the objects themselves could ever have generated in your life.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Teacher Mom VINE VOICE on April 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a nice book that compliments the Quiltmaker's Gift. The illustrations are wonderful, the story is okay. It has a great beginning, but then it seems to rush through to explain why the woman chose to live the way she did, which is the most important lesson in the book. Still, it is a nice story with excellent illustrations. I think I enjoyed it more than my child, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Burke on November 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Quilt Maker's Journey
Written By Jeff Brumbeau & Illustrated by Gail de Marcken
Published by Orchard Books

A prequel to Jeff Brumbeau's beloved children's book The Quilt Maker's Gift; this is the touching tale of the girl who grew to become the quiltmaker.

A privileged young girl with everything her heart could desire, cannot help but feel empty inside; missing that certain something that brings true happiness to ones soul. Surrounded by literal walls the elders had erected in order to keep the "something terrible" lurking outside away from the town, the girl is determined to discover what lies in the world beyond. Following a secret passageway far below the town hall, the girl leaves the safety of her home and stumbles upon a rundown village teaming with people in rags, dirty children and the homeless.

What the girl discovers is shocking; and yet she finds the people are filled with kindness, compassion and generosity, despite the material possessions they lack. With no food, money or means to support herself, the girl is never lacking, for the people and the good earth provide everything she needs. It is in this simplicity the girl learns the true value of life and dedicates herself to providing for those in need, just as she has been provided for.

Powerful and heartwarming, The Quilt Maker's Journey is incredibly rich in moral values. Exquisitely illustrated by Gail de Marken, I cannot recommend this stunning book highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rebecca on October 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
While I love the Quiltmaker's Gift, the Quiltmaker's Journey takes my breath away.
The illustrations are of course exquisite, detailed, and whimisical. The story is magical. But where the Quiltmaker's Gift tells the story of finding joy through giving, the Quiltmaker;s Journey tells the story of someone who is awoken to the problem of poverty, and is determined to do something about it. She just doesn't know what.

The story can echo the way many of us might feel at not knowing how to combat a problem that upsets us, or if one person can make a difference, in just a tiny way. This fable assures the reader that it is possible.

It brings to mind the saying by anthony Hopkins, Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.

It is a delight to look at and to read. the spread about the birds in the tree and the chattering umbrella gives me goosebumps every time I see it.

An absolutely gorgeous book. The two books (Quiltmaker's Journey and Quiltmaker's Gift) are destined to be classics and belong in every library for adults or children alike.
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Author Jeff Brumbeau lives in Chicago and Taos with his wife, Marcia, and their cats, Lou the Alley Cat and Sam the Persian. His first children's book, The Man-in-the-Moon in Love, whimsically explores the power of friendship and the value of creative problem solving.

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