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Reuben and the quilt
Moss, P. Buckley (Patricia Buckley), 1933-
Publication Information:
Intercourse, PA : Good Books, [1999]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Reuben and his Amish family make a beautiful Log Cabin quilt to raise money for a sick neighbor, but then it is stolen before they can take it to auction.
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Reuben was ducking strawberries in the truck patch when his dad got the idea about making a quilt. The whole family would help. They would make the quilt as beautiful as possible. Then they would sell it at the auction to raise money for the sick old man on the next farm. But the colorful log cabin quilt disappears before they have a chance to give it away. This hearty Amish family faces a new adventure! Moss and Good's new collaboration is as rich and lively as their two highly successful earlier books-- Reuben and the Fire and Reuben and the Blizzard . This revised edition features updated text and newly designed pages.

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Author Notes

Merle Good has written numerous books and articles about the Amish. Good is the founder of the publishing house Good Books. He is a playwright and novelist and lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

P. Buckley Moss (Pat) first met the Amish in 1965 when she and her family moved to Waynesboro in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Admiring the family values and work ethic of her new neighbors, Pat began to include the Amish in many of her paintings. She lives in Mathews, Virginia.

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Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Reuben and his Amish family are picking strawberries when the idea occurs to Reuben's father for how they can earn some much-needed money. They will make a beautiful log cabin quilt to help raise the funds for their neighbor's surgery. Reuben's best friend's grandfather was in a serious accident, struck by a car while driving his buggy, and the medical bills are mounting. The quilt is sure to bring a right smart price at the auction; and with many loving hands contributing, it is a work of art indeed. So beautiful is it that when they hang it out to air for an afternoon, it disappears. Rather than become embittered by their misfortune, the family comes up with an ingenious and loving plan to recover the quilt. Children will enjoy the simple, satisfying tale, set in the old-fashioned Amish milieu, and fans of the highly acclaimed artist Moss will appreciate her inimitable trademark style. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2Reuben and his Amish family, featured in Reuben and the Fire (1993) and Reuben and the Blizzard (1995, both Good Bks.), are back. Here, the boys best friends grandfather needs surgery, and the community is holding an auction to help with the costs. Reubens mother and sisters are making a quilt for the occasion. Several days before the auction, it is stolen from their front porch. Reubens father decides to turn the other cheek, so they leave a matching set of pillowcases by the roadside with a note inviting the thief to take it as well. Surprisingly, the next morning, the quilt is returned. Simple and gentle, this story gives readers a glimpse of Amish life. Mosss charming folk-art watercolors depict scenes of Lancaster, PA. The colors are those of Amish quilts, with touches of black, teal, purple, and red appearing throughout. The artists work has become more sophisticated, though there is some inconsistency with the earlier titles, namely in the hair color. Reuben is no longer blond, his sisters now have red hair, his twin buddies are no longer dark haired, and father seems to have found the Grecian Formula. This quibble aside, Reubens new adventure will be welcomed where the previous titles are popular.Angela J. Reynolds, West Slope Community Library, Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Excerpt One day, long before the quilt was ever stolen, Reuben was sweating in the strawberry patch, trying to fill his box with those yummy red things without eating them all. To tell the truth, he was thinking about Splotch and Blotch, Sam and Ben's new puppies. Sam and Ben lived on the next farm. The twins were his best friends. Suddenly a wet strawberry hit Reuben on the forehead. He stood up fast and saw his sister Sadie trying to act normal, like she hadn't done anything. She was younger than Reuben, and could be quite a handful. He couldn't decide whether to yell at her or to pitch a strawberry fastball at her when Datt stood up straight, right there in the middle of his row, and said, "A Log Cabin, maybe." Reuben couldn't figure out what his father meant, but like usual, his mother seemed to. "I know just the colors," Mamm said. It was all quilt talk, of course. So Reuben didn't pay any attention. He missed Sadie twice with a strawberry without his parents noticing, but then he landed a big, mushy one smack on her cheek. "Quit it, Reuben!" she shouted. But of course he had his face buried in the green leafy plants, looking for those ripe berries as though he had no idea what was happening around him. He knew Datt was watching him, so Reuben picked those strawberries as though it would break his heart to do anything else! Later that night, over at the twins' hideaway behind the corn shed near the orchard, Reuben and Sam and Ben played with Splotch and Blotch. Sam didn't seem very happy. "Our grandfather has to go back to the hospital again," he said to Reuben, rubbing the puppies' ears with the tall grass. "But we don't have the money. I'm worried." Reuben figured out that's what gave Datt his idea about the Log Cabin quilt. The twins' grandfather had been in a serious accident, when a car came around a corner, much too fast, and slammed into the back of his buggy. Datt and some of the neighbors decided to have an auction to help pay for the expensive operation. And Datt was suggesting that he and Mamm and Reuben's five sisters -- and maybe even Reuben himself -- should make a quilt to sell at the auction. A Log Cabin quilt. Reuben yawned. He was about as excited with the idea of a quilt as his pony Starshine was when he had to go out into the rain on a cold day. Not very, in other words. [continued] Excerpted from Reuben and the Quilt by Merle Good All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.