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From Publishers Weekly Polaccos (The Keeping Quilt) knack for spinning seemingly disparate characters and plot elements into personal yarns works to great effect in this holiday picture book, based on a true story told as a church homily. Jonathan resents his Baptist preacher fathers reassignment from Memphis to a dilapidated church in Detroit, and hes dismayed when damage from a blizzard ruins months of planning to restore the building in time for Christmas Eve services. But the elegant-looking, bargain-priced tapestry he and his dad purchase to cover the damage miraculously brings about the reunion of an elderly Jewish couple separated decades earlier during the Holocaust. Though the tale slows in spots, Polaccos signature illustrations of swirling snow, the fine tapestry and numerous love-filled faces invite readers to linger. All ages.Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more From School Library Journal Kindergarten-Grade 3-Jonathan has made a good adjustment to life in Michigan after his father takes over as the pastor of a rundown Baptist church. The whole family has worked hard to renovate the building and restore the congregation. The boy becomes distraught, however, when a snowstorm causes a leak and ruins the wall behind the altar just before Christmas. In a series of events that would strain belief in anything other than a holiday story, he and his father find a tapestry to cover the wall and bring about a reunion between two Holocaust survivors who had used the hand-stitched cloth as their wedding canopy. An authors note cites two different Christian ministers as the source of this sentimental story. It is well suited to Polaccos signature theme of ecumenical tolerance and illustrated with her familiar pencil-and-watercolor artwork.-V. W.Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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