Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt

This book by Lisa Campbell Ernst was a serendipitous find, since my emerging reader is doing "Q" week in Kindergarten. At first I thought it was going to be a moralistic book about gender roles: the story begins with Mr. Johnson posting "Equal Rights for Men" signs after being turned away from membership in his wife's Rosedale Women's Quilting Club. But it's mostly a story about working together, and the surprise ending makes the point with simplicity and humor.

The illustrations, also by Lisa Campbell Ernst, are delightful and show interesting little details about farm life in Rosedale. Huge bonus: the borders of each page show an actual quilt pattern--and they are all identified at the end of the book. My reader liked the story well enough, but he LOVED looking at the patterns and trying to see why they were named "Broken Dishes", "Rising Sun" and so forth.

If you have an emerging reader of either gender who likes patterns and geometric shapes, you'll like Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt.

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