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The Nesting Quilt

by Cathryn Falwell

Published by Tilbury House, 2015
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-88448-418-9

Ages 3-7

Maya and her family are nesting in preparation for a new baby, just like the birds she loves watching with her Nana. Wanting to contribute something to the process, Maya is inspired by a finch carrying a twig in its beak to make a soft nest for the baby out of fabric instead of sticks. With Nana’s help, Maya draws her idea and looks at quilting books for guidance. She cuts fabric squares, arranges the pieces, and sews them together (with some assistance from Nana and Mama). When Maya’s baby brother arrives, her lovingly crafted quilt is ready to keep him “warm and cozy in his own little nest.” This multiracial and multigenerational family offers a welcome spin on the new baby story, which includes instructions on making a simple small quilt. The layered illustrations echo the quilting theme while the colors reflect those found in nature.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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