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Friendship Quilt

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Language Arts Correlations Look Inside When Raddie's grandmother dies, her friends work together to make a friendship quilt to help comfort her and to help her remember her grandmother. Social and emotional learning concepts include friendship, empathy, grief, and teamwork. Book includes a note to caregivers and story coaching activities. A Readers Theater version is available online so that children can benefit from dramatic interpretation.

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    MySELF Bookshelf
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    Cecil Kim
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"Raddie, a little mouse, has just suffered the death of her grandmother, and she “can’t stop crying.”

Interestingly, this Korean import focuses not on Raddie but on her friend Hank, who tries to cheer up

Raddie. When he fails, he turns to their group of friends, and together they create a friendship quilt. All that sewing is hard work, but when they present it to Raddie, they describe its deeper meaning. In a series of pages, each set upon a different patterned background, each mouse declares what makes her or his scrap important. “This piece is from my favorite dress. I looked so pretty in it.” “This is a piece of my pillowcase. I cried in it and felt better.” It’s a simple, sweet idea, presented by Kim in a straightforward manner and illustrated by Jeong in soft watercolors that make the mice characters cuddly and reassuring. There is enough different here from similar stories to make it valuable—for example, the quick aside that Hank’s grandmother and mother are no longer living reinforces the idea that everyone has their own grief."

Booklist, December 2014
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