THE QUILT by Ann Jonas
Kirkus Star


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Totally engaging, from the first glimpse of the little girl, in sleepers--""I have a new quilt""--peering out from under a billowing patchwork of patterned squares. There's a definite, '80s lifelikeness too: ""It's to go on my new grown-up bed""; ""My mother and father made it for me. They used some of my old things."" And what happens is almost preordained: holding her stuffed dog Sally, thinking ""It almost looks like a little town. . ,"" the girl drifts off to sleep and drops the dog, as the quilt comes alive. Spread there before us is a magical miniature landscape through which, in full size, she'll search for the missing Sally. There's a circus, a town, a garden of flower patches (""If she hid here, I'd never find her""); a scary tunnel (the words ""Sally! Sally! Sally!"" echo in type); also a moonlit lake, with sailboats, and a thick forest--until, off a cliff, ""I see her!"" At the last they're wrapped together in the quilt on the floor. With the calico pattern of the quilt's lining for the endpapers, and a delicately brown child with a soft cap of crinkly hair: a natural fancy appealingly presented.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1984
ISBN: 0140553088
Publisher: Greenwillow