Reviews for Quiltmaker's Journey
Booklist Reviews 2005 March #1
K-Gr. 3. In this prequel to The Quiltmaker's Gift (1999), a young woman born into great wealth risks banishment to see what lies beyond the walls of her town, encounters poverty and disease, and resolves to help the poor. The theme of out-of-control materialism segues into an exciting quest story, but what really distinguishes this are the vivid, intricately designed watercolors, double-page spreads with insets of varying size that add drama and action to the main story. The inside of the jacket is an elaborate puzzle-poster showing the book's setting and action from a panoramic perspective. The endpapers display and name 34 quilt patterns, presented in full color, many of which (in a different color combination) are set beside the boxed text, serving as clues to the heroine's journey; a pattern called "Twist and Turn," for example, accompanies text describing the girl's struggle through a rat-filled maze. An ambitious, strikingly illustrated moral fable that will give children much to look at; a special treat for quilters, too. ((Reviewed March 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall
Fans of [cf2]The Quiltmaker's Gift[cf1] will enjoy this lengthy prequel that tells how the quilt maker became so generous. When she discovers that poverty exists outside her wealthy town, she forfeits her riches and instead makes quilts to give away, while wild animals care for and feed her. Both story and art are excessively elaborate and sentimental in this didactic tale. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2005 March #2
Billowing, jewel-toned patterns illuminate this visually and verbally lush prequel to The Quiltmaker's Gift (2001). Having never had a want or whim go unsatisfied, a young woman-engagingly portrayed with bouncy, white-ash hair and mobile, expressive hands and features-is shocked to see poverty in the world outside her walled town. Rejecting her town Elders' suggestion that the poor be ignored, she leaves her old life behind and, fed by kindly peasants and wild animals, begins creating quilts to warm the blanketless. As in Brumbeau's prior outing, the tale's language is sometimes overblown-one quilt "had the colors of hopeful mornings and rosy-cheeked children and gardens bursting in bloom." However, de Marcken's art more than compensates with extravagantly detailed scenes into which quilt patterns (named on the endpapers) have been incorporated, along with multi-species flights of birds and romanticized but vivacious human figures. An aerial map printed inside the jacket will be hidden by library processing, but young readers will pore over the rest of the art. (Picture book. 7-9) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2005 August/September
All the village children are forbidden to go beyond the village wall. But one girl steals away. It is outside the wall in the real world where our heroine makes her discovery-the world is not filled with frightening creatures but with good people who are less fortunate. When she returns to the village, the Elders banish her with nothing. Over time, she works hard and discovers she, too, has something important to give others. She spends her days living in the mountains making quilts for the needy. The bright, boldly colored paintings are mostly full-page and provide the perfect amount of detail for this charming story. There is a tiny quilt block on each page that is representative of the scene. The end papers are lovely as well and provide readers with information on birds and quilt patterns. The jacket provides a map of the area in which the girl travels and lives. This delicious story is a prequel to The Quiltmaker's Gift (Scholastic, Inc., 2001) but stands very well on its own with its deep rich illustrations and its message about the importance of generosity and giving. This is a book that will make a fine addition to elementary collections and will serve as a good discussion starter for lessons on generosity, giving, and kindness. Highly Recommended. Melinda Miller-Widrick, K-12 Library Media Specialist, Colton (New York)-Pierrepont Central School © 2005 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 March #2
Children's NOTESEncore! Encore!Favorite characters are back by popular demand,for picture-book readers, right on up to teenagers.The Quiltmaker's Journey by JeffBrumbeau, illus. by Gail de Marcken, reunites the team behindThe Quiltmaker's Gift (PW called the artwork, as intricatelyworked as a patchwork quilt). This prequel of sorts letsreaders catch a glimpse of the young quiltmaker's sheltered andprivileged life, before she became the generous old woman intheir debut book, who crafted quilts only for those in need. Thetale is lengthy, but the illustrations are as intricate as ever.(Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2005 April
Gr 2-5-In this prequel to The Quiltmaker's Gift (Pfeifer-Hamilton, 1999), Brumbeau and de Marcken tell the story of this generous artisan's early life. As a young girl, the protagonist lives the grand life of a wealthy child in a land where poverty is unknown, but she is not happy. One night she slips out of the walled city and finds the world beyond, scarred by poverty and need. She has little with her, but kind strangers help her on her journey, where she finds happiness through giving. When she returns to her walled home, the elders reject her idea to give her wealth to the needy, and she is turned out of the city. She becomes a quiltmaker, and the rest is history. The brightly detailed and realistic watercolor illustrations will give children plenty to pore over, but the plodding story is overwhelmingly didactic and much too sweet to appeal to a wide audience.-Angela J. Reynolds, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.