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We are reading The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacio
The Keeping Quilt
(Grade 3 Theme 2 Selection 1 Summary)
Long ago, Anna left Russia with her family. They came to America to
live in New York City. But they missed their old home. Then Anna’s
mother had an idea. She would make a quilt! She cut shapes from an old
dress, an uncle’s shirt, and an aunt’s apron. She cut Anna’s shawl to make
a border. Then she sewed the scraps together into a quilt. It helped her
family remember the loved ones still in Russia.
When Anna grew up, Anna’s mother gave her the quilt. Years later,
Anna gave the quilt to Carle, her daughter. And in time, Carle passed the
quilt on to her daughter Mary Ellen. Now the quilt belongs to Mary
Ellen’s daughter, the author of this story.
Over the years, the quilt became special. It welcomed new babies and
kept old legs warm. Daughters were married under it. it was used as a
tablecloth at birthdays and Sabbath meals. The quilt became an important
part of many family gatherings.
The author calls the quilt the Keeping Quilt. It tells the family’s special
story. The author hopes to be as lucky as her mother. She hopes to tell the
quilt’s story to her grandchildren one day too.