Audrey from Sleeping Bear Press was so good to send me a children story book to review for my “Try it on Tuesday” post. The book is “The Handkerchief Quilt” by Carol Crane and Gary Palmer. I love children’s books and this particular one, is a good one. I especially love books that inspire good morals and this book does exactly that.
The story takes place in a factory town in what I am guessing to be the 1950′s. Miss Anderson, one of the school teachers, comes to school after Christmas break to find a broken water pipe along with flooded classrooms and library. The townspeople were able to repair the damage but they were not able to pay to replace supplies and books.
Miss Anderson has the idea to make a quilt from handkerchiefs that had been gifted to her. With the help of the children and the townspeople the quilt is made and sold so books and supplies can be purchased.
The illustrations are great and the story is good too.
I thought that one of you might want to give this as a gift, add it to your book collection, your quilt guild’s collection or donate it to your local library. It’s really a nice book with a great moral that working together for a great good can really be a good thing.
The only thing that I didn’t like the best about the book was that the group makes a Cathedral Window quilt with the handkerchiefs. With my knowledge of quilts, it would really be hard to make that style of a quilt using handkerchiefs. Most people would never realize that so it really is just a minor detail.
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On a personal note: Thanks for all the thought and prayers you have been sending our way. We spent the afternoon with her and the family. If I disappear for a day or two, that’s where I am.