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LUKA'S QUILT by Georgia Guback


by Georgia Guback & illustrated by Georgia Guback

Pub Date: May 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-688-12154-3
Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Delighted that ``Tutu'' (``that's Hawaiian for grandmother'') is making her a quilt, Luka imagines the splendid colors of the flowers Tutu describes. When the beautifully decorated quilt turns out to be simply green and white, the little girl is bitterly disappointed. Tutu's explanation (``Two colors. It's our Island tradition. You chose green, remember?'') is no comfort, and a rift opens between her and the grandmother, who cares for her while her parents are at work. Then Tutu suggests ``a truce,'' and on a Lei Day outing agrees that Luka may make a multicolored lei even though it isn't traditional. Later, this gives Tutu the idea of making a fabric lei in many colors to lay over Luka's quilt. There are plenty of bright island colors in Guback's cheerful collages of painted figures and festive floral patterns. Attractively realized setting; disarming model of conflict resolution; unusually appealing story. (Picture book. 4-8)