The Name Quilt

The Name Quilt

By Phyllis Root; Margot Apple (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374354848, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2003


A family history in patches and stories

Summer evenings at Grandma’s house always end just the way Sadie likes – with Grandma tucking her in with the name quilt. As Sadie chooses from among the patchwork of hand-stitched names of generations of relatives, Grandma tells story after story – stories of hog-riding and hornets and Grandma’s own wedding. Then one summer day, a fierce storm comes on too quickly to get the washing off the line, and the quilt is blown away. That night, Sadie worries that more than just the quilt has disappeared, until Grandma shows her that all her favorite names and stories are more a part of Sadie than she knows.

Phyllis Root’s loving tribute to a bedtime ritual from her own childhood and Margot Apple’s intricate illustrations bring the story of Sadie and the name quilt to the page with just the right touch of humor and heart. The Name Quilt is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author

Phyllis Root is the author of more than twenty books for children, including Grandmother Winter and Rattletrap Car. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Margot Apple has illustrated over fifty books, including Big Mama by Tony Crunk and the Sheep in a Jeep books by Nancy Shaw. She lives in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

Praise For The Name Quilt

"In the artwork, as in the text of this warm comforting book, quilts become more than just bedcovers; they are personal keepsakes, reminders of family history, and colorful backgrounds for the characters' lives." -- Booklist

"A child and her grandmother forge a new link to their family's past after an old one is lost...Apple's soft-focus rural scenes complement the tale's warm, intimate tone perfectly." --Kirkus Reviews