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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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a cute book, especially if you have a quilter in the family like I do :).Published 5 months ago by abigail campbell
Super cute story. Great illustrations. A good choice for an older sister to be in preparation for a new baby.Published 20 months ago by kewald
Very nice story. My grandaughter who is 7, read it very quickly. I think the book is for younger readers (maybe first graders?). The photos, colorful and cute.Published on March 27, 2014 by A. Salazar
Ordered this book with the Ina Girls Doll for my granddaughter. She loves them and the story is timeless. I love to read the story to her.Published on February 1, 2014 by J J
Very nice! Complements the Mooshka singing doll that I gave my Granddaughter for Christmas, well! Thank you for asking me.Published on January 16, 2014 by Brad Henderlong
Purchased the book to go along with a Mooshka Doll I'm giving as an Xmas gift. Found the 'read' to be dull and very one dimensional. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Elliott