Friday, June 8, 2012

A Remnant Surprise

Great-Grandma decides she's going to make quilts for each of her thirty-five grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But in A Remnant Surprise, written by Vanessa Roam and illustrated by Glori Alexander, Great-Grandma gets a surprise of her own.

Great-grandchildren Walter and Gretchen want to help their great-grandma make the blankets, and Gretchen crawls around on the floor, picking up pieces of leftover cloth. She asks Great-grandma if she can have them, which Great-Grandma allows, even though the remnants are too tiny to do anything with. Gretchen and Walter take the pieces home to their Mama, who keeps them all, and urges her children to keep gathering them up and bringing them home.

Soon, all of the blankets are done, and Great-Grandma gives them to her loved ones, and that's when Mama gets to work. With all the remnants, Mama makes Great-Grandma a very special quilt, so all thirty-six of them can be wrapped in blankets made of love.

What I Like: Everything is great. The story is touching (it brought tears to my eyes), the illustrations are soft and cheery, and it's a book that begs to be read again and again.

What I Dislike: There is no mention of God or the Bible anywhere.

Overall Rating: Very Good, only because I wish there was even a little lesson on giving and receiving, or suggested further reading in the Bible. If there had been, this would have been an immediate Excellent rating.

Age Appeal: 4 - 8

Publisher Info: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC, 2011; ISBN: 978-1-61346-464-9; paperback, 24 pgs., $8.99

Buy it at for $8.99 or in a Kindle Edition for 6.63.

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