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The Canada geese quilt
Natalie Kinsey-Warnock ; illustrated by Leslie W. Bowman.
New York : Cobblehill Books/Dutton, c1989.
60 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.


Worried that the coming of a new baby and her grandmother's serious illness will change the warm familiar life on her family's Vermont farm, ten-year-old Ariel combines her artistic talent with her grandmother's knowledge to make a very special quilt.

Best Books:

Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, Tenth Edition, 1993 ; National Council of Teachers of English; United States
Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Notable Children's Books, 1990 ; ALSC American Library Association; United States

Awards, Honors, Prizes:

Joan Fassler Memorial Book Award, 1991 Winner United States

State and Provincial Reading Lists:

Golden Sower Award, 1992 ; Nominee; Intermediate; Nebraska
Indian Paintbrush Book Award, 1991 ; Nominee; Wyoming
Maine Student Book Award, 1990-1991 ; Nominee; Maine
Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 1995-1996 ; Nominee; Massachusetts
Prairie Pasque Award, 1992 ; Nominee; South Dakota

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 4.1
Accelerated Reader Points 1
Accelerated Vocabulary

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 5
Title Point Value 3
Lexile Measure 680


Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
In one gorgeous, slim volume, Kinsey-Warnock tells a story of a particular time, from spring to fall, in a 10-year-old's life. Ariel loves the Vermont farm where she lives with her parents and grandmother, and wonders about the changes that a new baby in the house will bring to their lives. Then her grandmother suffers a stroke, and Ariel is haunted by the feeling that nothing and no one is safe. But when Ariel's parents realize that the old woman has given up on her recovery, it is Ariel who re-engages her grandmother in the business of living, helping her sew a quilt that Ariel has designed for the new baby. Kinsey-Warnock's language is simple and direct as it conveys both the loving relationship between the old woman and the girl, and the girl's love of the land. Ariel revels in her surroundings, and her mood is infectious; the thrill of the geese migrating is movingly expressed. Bowman's realistic black-and-white illustrations depict highlights of the story, but never try to evoke the landscapes suggested by the text, or the beauty of the two geese quilts. Wisely, she leaves such moments to readers' imaginations, and so her work appears like sustaining chords beneath the melody of the text. Ages 9-up. (Sept.)


Farm life--Vermont--Fiction.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.K6293 Can 1989
88032661 [Fic]
0525650040 : $12.95
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