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The Patchwork Quilt
Title: The Patchwork Quilt
Author: Valerie Flournoy
Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Books USA
Publication year: 1985
Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“Twenty years ago Valerie Flournoy and Jerry Pinkney created a warmhearted intergenerational story that became an award-winning perennial. Since then children from all sorts of family situations and configurations continue to be drawn to its portrait of those bonds that create the fabric of family life.”
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –Again, I am not sure if this would relate to any type of curriculum because I feel this is just a slice of life type of picture book. I also have reservations about the publication date of 1985. While I liked this book as presenting an everyday look at an African American family’s life, I feel that there are newer publications that could be purchased for a school library. However, if interested, there is this Reading Rainbow episode that discussed this book and did a read aloud of it.
Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –While I do like Pinkney’s soft, watercolor illustrations in saturated hues, again, I think there are newer works that can be considered when weeding and purchasing for a school library. I do think this would work well in a public library setting, and for a read aloud.