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Mooshka, A Quilt Story Hardcover – March 1, 2012

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"With elegant simplicity and generously colored and patterned pages, this picture book from Paschkis shows how a family quilt can connect children to both the past and the present...The gentle rhythm never flags or becomes stale...Karla's gift of the quilt to Hannah, and Mooshka ceding the role of storyteller to Karla, make an inventive and sweet denouement to this tale." ?Booklist, * STARRED REVIEW *
"Like the beautiful quilt showcased on glowing endpapers and throughout this tale, a preschooler's active imagination (probably) and an exciting (or not) addition are pieced together with family stories to create a new-baby/favorite-blanket story that's likely to become an old favorite...Vivid artwork, a lively, endearing heroine and a warm, loving look at a pivotal experience give this one classic potential." ?Kirkus Reviews, * STARRED REVIEW *
"...Drawing on the vibrant colors, tableau compositions, and cheery graphic motifs of pan-European folk art, illustrator Paschkis (Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People), making her debut as an author, elevates her story beyond a familiar tale of displacement anxiety..." ?Publishers Weekly
"I highly recommend [ordering] Julie Paschkis's Mooshka, a Quilt Story because it's really unlike most children's books you find today. There's no rhyming scheme and no silly pictures, what it does capture is family history and really the importance of family...The story is endearing..." ?Roundtable for Kids blog
"...The story will warm your heart..." ?Lemari blog
"I don't think there are many kids in this generation that understand what a quilt really is. That a quilt that is something made from scraps of memories and love and hours and hours of time...That's why I adore this new children's book called, Mooshka, A Quilt Story by Julie Pashkis...The fact that Mooshka brings together Karla and her new baby sister in the end of the book is just precious." ?A Frugal Life blog
"This was a very cute and fun book...would go great with any crafting or storytelling project!" ?Reading Team blog
"...I enjoyed the story and the concept of the book...There's a certain whimsy to the coloring of the book. I also liked that for each schnitz, the borders and pages were colored to match that schnitz..." ?Second Bookshelf on the Right blog
"...Readers enjoy short stories of Karla's grandfather's proposal and her mother's escapades of jumping out of the cherry tree to learn how to fly. We also read stories about the dog's Halloween costume and Karla's aunt's fortune telling..." ?The 26 Letter Imagination blog
"Mooshka. In that one word Julie Paschkis has captured a hug, and a kiss, and the comfort of a sibling's love...part quiet tale for young children, part family history, part color concept book, and part sibling story- but it is all beautifully crafted..." ?Creative Chaos blog

About the Author

Julie Paschkis attended Cornell University and the School for American Craftsmen at RIT, where she earned a BFA. She taught art to grade school children for several years while working on her own art and illustration. Julie now works full-time painting, creating commercial illustrations, and illustrating children s books.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561456209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561456208
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alizabeth Szilagyi on February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I am part of a preschool co-op. A handful of mom's take turns each month teaching a different letter of the week lesson. I was excited when I realized I could teach Q is for Quilt. Planning the lesson wasn't as hard as I'd thought, there are lots of quilt activities for 3 and 4 year olds. What there isn't lots of is quilt books. Most the quilt picture books I found were for 1st or 2nd grade level readers. I was about to pull my hair out looking for a book. I finally settled on "The Napping House" which isn't even about quilts, but about sleeping. Then the librarian (I'd gone through three) shared this with me. It is perfect!

The kids loved the story and the pictures. Not only that, it beautifully taught them what a quilt was. One girl kept asking if she could locate the items mentioned in the story (kerchief, jammies, etc) on the quilt. So we kept looking at the fabric mentioned in the story and then we'd search for that piece of fabric on the quilt.

Beautiful, beautiful story. Perfect for preschoolers. In fact, I dare say it is THE ONLY quilt book available for preschool aged children.
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Karla's beloved quilt, named Mooshka, is unlike any other quilt, and not only because the material and design are unique. Mooshka has the ability to talk and tells Karla stories on the nights Karla cannot sleep. All Karla needs to do is place a hand on a patch, or schnitz, and the quilt becomes a storyteller. Karla's grandmother handpicked each schnitz and told Karla the story behind each as she lovingly pieced Mooshka together. These are the stories that Mooshka recites to Karla late at night.

One day, Karla's baby sister Hannah moves into Karla's bedroom. Karla does not seem happy sharing her room, voicing this to Mooshka when the quilt refuses to retell a schnitz story. Mooshka no longer says sweet dreams. One night Hannah, like all babies, begins a crying jag that Karla cannot help but hear. Karla takes Mooshka to the crib hoping the quilt will comfort her baby sister.

I initially read this on a Kindle, which I do not recommended. Many of the illustrations did not display properly and some of the text was out-of-order. The actual print book is excellent. The story is a new way to bring two sisters together when one is not too happy about the other intruding her space. I love this story. Having shared a bedroom with two older sisters, I know how space can be a precious commodity.

The illustrations, also by the author, are bright and cheery. The two girls, Karla and Hannah are adorable. Each page is bright and cheerful, just like Mooshka and her many colors and patterns. The reason for Mooshka becoming silent is a little muddy. Is it because she can only recite stories to Karla or, because it seems, Karla does not want to share her bedroom with Hannah? In any case, a silent Mooshka allows Karla time to consider her sister's needs.
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I bought this book for my 7 year old for Christmas because it is a book that you read and then you can purchase the quilt panel to make the mini quilt and cat. The story is very cute. I will say the story was much too simple for my 7 year old, but the quilt will not be. Julie is a fabulous illustrator/designer.

I do wish that the story could have been a little bit more detailed for a 7 year old. Most would probably buy this book for a younger child and then make the quilt panel themselves. Or, some would opt to skip the quilt panel all together of course. If you are interested in the quilting part, be warned that it may be difficult to find now. I did have to shop around a bit and pay a bit more since it is now out of print. Amazon does not currently carry the quilt panel.

Overall, this is a great little book with fabulous illustrations for a small child still reading picture books.
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A quality made book, but I personally did not get that much out of the story. I gave the book as a gift to my great niece with one of the Mooshka dolls. I didn't have time before gifting it; but as I read the book, I realized that a handmade quilt would have been a perfect gift to accompany the book. My grandmothers both handmade quilts in their homes from scrap material that came from discarded clothing or clothing that had been damaged in some way beyond repair, such as aprons, my granddad's work shirts, etc. It was also a way they used up scrap pieces left over from handmade clothing and pillows. They knew a thing or two about recycling, re-purposing, and up-cycling. They lived through the Great Depression and believed in the "no waste" principle and applied it daily.
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This is a sweet book that tells the story of a quilt, a grandma, and a new baby. The little girl hears the quilt talking to her. She also remembers/hears the stories of each of the fabrics in the quilt. But then the quilt goes silent...... The resolution is heartwarming. This is a book that any quilter would love to read to her children or grandchildren.
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I bought my infant Granddaughter a Mooshka doll, so when I saw this book, I knew I had to get it for her to give with the doll for Christmas. It's beautiful....and I know she will love it...one day!
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