The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau is a great story about a greedy king and an old quiltmaker. The greedy king has oodles and oodles of things except for a beautiful quilt from the mysterious old quiltmaker. He wants one really bad but the quiltmaker won't give him one. The king learns it is better to give than to take.
narrated by Catherine
We truly enjoyed this story. The illustrations are beautiful and detailed. I frequently find a child sitting in a chair looking at this book. I love that! It has become a family favorite.
We did a little activity with this story. I cut squares of clear contact paper, peeled away the back and taped it to the window. The children then stuck "quilt squares" (which are basically scrapbook paper triangles and squares) onto it. I ordered mine ions ago from a montessori store but like I said, you could easily do it yourself with scrapbook paper and a paper cutting board. after they were done placing their squares and their quilts were finished, I covered them with contact paper. They each have their own little "quilt" to remind them of this precious story. Mary Jane is itching to make her own real quilt.
edited to add: My hats off to the illustrator Gail de Marcken. The beautiful pictures in this book make this story come alive!! Just breathtaking!