Oma's Quilt by Paulette Bourgeois

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The time has come for Emily's grandmother to move. But it's hard to leave her house on Maple Street, filled as it is with a lifetime of cherished memories. At the retirement home, Oma complains about everything, from flowers in the hallway to crooked bowling lanes! Emily wants to see Oma happy again, but she doesn't know what to do. At home, Emily and her mother begin to sort through Oma's possessions. They find ribbons, lace, curtains and blankets. Surrounded by the faded fabrics, Emily now knows the perfect way to keep Oma's memories by her side -- by stitching a one-of-a-kind patchwork quilt! Spirited illustrations enhance this uplifting story about lives in transition and the threads of memory that hold them together.

About Paulette Bourgeois

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Paulette Bourgeois is the author of more than 40 books for children, including the In My Neighborhood series and Oma?s Quilt. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. Stéphane Jorisch?s work has won many awards, including three Governor General?s Awards for Illustration. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Published September 1, 2001 by Kids Can Press. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Oma's house "still smells like cabbage soup, warm yeasty dough, lemon polish and vinegar.") Though the subject is bittersweet, the author keeps the story moving in lighthearted fashion, as optimistic Emily offers her impression of Oma's new home: "There are flowers everywhere....

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