Our blog this week was about how kids can become involved with family traditions. This week’s book selections contain two stories about family traditions and one humerous look at one tradition viewed from many cultures around the world.
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco is for kids aged 4 and up. “’We will make a quilt to help us always remember home,’ Anna’s mother said. ‘It will be like heaving the family in back home Russia dance around us at night.’ And so it was. From a basket of old clothes, Anna’s babushka, Uncle Vladimir’s shirt, Aunt Havalah’s nightdress and an apron of Aunt Natasha’s become The Keeping Quilt, passed along from mother to daughter for almost a century. For four generations the quilt is a Sabbath tablecloth, a wedding canopy, and a blanket that welcomes babies warmly into the world.
In strongly moving pictures that are as heartwarming as they are real, patricia Polacco tells the story of her own family, and the quilt that remains a symbol of their enduring love and faith.” Review by Amazon.
Aunt Claire’s Yellow Beehive Hair by Deborah Blumenthal is for kids aged 4 and up. “Annie longs to know more about her family. One rainy day, Grandma Marilyn takes out dusty photos, faded letters, and a fragile wedding bouquet while telling the stories that bind them together. Annie learns that her Aunt Claire was famous for the beauty creams she created in her kitchen and that an uncle won a medal in the war. Connected to her past, Annie creates a special scrapbook with room at the end to add to as her family grows.” Review by Amazon.
Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World
by Selby Beeler is for kids aged 4 and up. “Eat your heart out, tooth fairy. According to the informal research of the author, the world is full of other, equally fascinating myths and traditions about what happens, or should be done, when those milk choppers part company with childish gums. If you come from Chile or Costa Rica, your parents will have the tooth made into a charm. If you’re Venezuelan, you put the tooth under your pillow and hope that a mouse brings you money. (Oddly enough, mice, milk teeth, and money are associated all over the world.) Playful illustrations by G. Brian Karas include a world map, plus lots of fun depictions of the world’s dentally challenged junior inhabitants.” –Richard Farr – Review by Amazon.