A Selection of Books for Children

PieceWork adores books written for all ages, but especially when they introduce needlework young stitchers just learning their craft. Books for the wee ones charm readers both young and old alike! Here are a few of our favorite books for children that were reviewed by Allison Mackin in the May/June 2008 and July/August 2008 issues, respectively.


Mother Earth and Her Children: A Quilted Fairy Tale
By Sibylle von Olfers
Elmhurst, Illinois: Breckling Press, 2007. Hardbound, 32 pages, $17.95. ISBN 978-1-933308-18-0.

First appearing in 1906 as a children’s verse in German, Sibylle von Olfers’s story of the coming of springtime has lost none of its charm in this English-language version. The rhyming verse, translated by Jack Zipes, is whimsical yet eloquently expresses the link between children and nature. Sieglinde Schoen Smith hand-embroidered and -quilted a quilt to retell this story, which was her favorite story as a child. The quilt’s beautiful images bring the story to life imaginatively. This book is a treasure.

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Show Me How: Knitting
Show Me How: Quilting
By Susan Levin and Gloria Tracy
New York: Sixth & Spring Books, 2007. Each: softbound, 24 pages and 48 pages in a
hardbound case, $14.95. ISBN 978-1-933027-27-2 and 978-1-933027-28-9, respectively.

Though targeted at the youngest generation of knitters and quilters (fourth grade and up), these clever two-book sets will attract readers of all ages. One book in each set tells a story, and one provides instructions for a corresponding project. Show Me How: Knitting introduces Mary Ruth, who with her brother learns to knit from their grandmother. From knitting basics to kid-friendly projects such as a kitty comforter and a tasseled skinny scarf, the step-by-step instructions will ensure success. In Show Me How: Quilting, one book tells how Mary Ruth decides to make a quilt while the other provides easy-to-follow instructions for making a Friendship quilt. Each set will nurture a budding interest in knitting or quilting; the colorful illustrations in the instruction books make learning how to knit or quilt fun and easy.

If you’re inspired by these wonderful books for children, read “Giving the Gift of Needlework and Literature: The Mitten by Jan Brett” and make a special pair of mittens for your favorite child.

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