A lovely, touching story full of meaning for all ages on unselfish giving versus greed. Exquisitely illustrated
Nov 9, 2008
Touching & Appealing to all ages
Even at first glance, flipping thru the pages of this book, I couldn't help but be drawn to it. The illustrator has done an extremely detailed and colorful job on full page format. And then to combine that with a very meaningful story of someone who has not experienced the joy of generousity and eventually does made the entire book wonderful.
Oct 25, 2008
fun book for kids and adults
I learned about the book from one of my quilt magazines, checked it out at the library, and then ordered. I have since ordered two more as gifts and two of "The Quiltmaker's Journey" as well. The story is simple but moralistic, with engaging unexpected turns that keep anyone interested. The artwork is absolutely beautiful. My grandson enjoys looking for the quilt names or playing eye spy on the inside cover of "Gift." I recommend this book for anyone who likes fairy tales, quilts, or just spending time with children. It is a book I will keep in my library, even though I am in the process of downsizing all my possessions. Buy it, you won't be sorry, and if you are not a quilter - you may end up starting. It makes a great gift for a quilter too. There are also two books about making the quilts from this book that I would just as heartily recommend. The entire series belongs in the home of anyone who quilts or has children or grandchildren. The books all arrived in the condition stated and in a timely manner. I always go to Alibris first when I am looking for a book.
Apr 27, 2007
Coming from a family of quiters I was immediately captured by the title. I found this delightful little book to be a traditional "moral to the story" tale of kindness and social conscience. The illustrations are colorful and engaging. Buying it as a birthday gift for my 77-year old mother, I was not disapppointed and know this will be a cherished keepsake for her.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-10-11 As intricately worked as a patchwork quilt, de Marcken's (Born to Pull) fanciful watercolors are the highlight of this somewhat pedestrian fable. Rich but dissatisfied, a king demands a quilt from a gifted quiltmaker, but she refuses unless he gives away all his material possessions. The irate monarch twice attempts to punish her but both times she foils him. Finally he agrees to her demand, growing progressively happier with each thing that he gives away. Brumbeau's overlong tale treads a well-worn trail here, hampered by bursts of overwrought prose ("the king's great sunny laugh made green apples fall and flowers turn his way"). The artwork achieves a dizzying, quilted look with lush full-page illustrations in cotton-candy colors sharing a spread with saucy vignettes; "the king could not sleep" for instance, inspires a droll four-panel peek at the restless fellow tossing and turning in bed. De Marcken pays homage at every turn to the quiltmaker's craft. Each section of text appears on a plain cream "block" with stitching around the edges, and the endpapers sport an array of labeled quilt patterns. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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