The Quilt

The Quilt

Gary Paulsen / Feb 21, 2020

The Quilt Wartime A six year old boy goes to spend the summer with his grandmother Alida in a small town near the Canadian border With the men all gone off to fight the women are left to run the farms The

  • Title: The Quilt
  • Author: Gary Paulsen
  • ISBN: 9780440229360
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1944 Wartime A six year old boy goes to spend the summer with his grandmother Alida in a small town near the Canadian border With the men all gone off to fight, the women are left to run the farms There s plenty for the boy to do trying to help with the chores, getting to know the dog, and the horses, cows, pigs, and chickens But when his cousin Kristina goes into lab1944 Wartime A six year old boy goes to spend the summer with his grandmother Alida in a small town near the Canadian border With the men all gone off to fight, the women are left to run the farms There s plenty for the boy to do trying to help with the chores, getting to know the dog, and the horses, cows, pigs, and chickens But when his cousin Kristina goes into labor, he can t do a thing Instead, the house fills with women come to help and to wait, and to work on a quilt together This is no common, everyday quilt, but one that contains all the stories of the boy s family The quilt tells the truth, past and future of happiness, courage, and pain of the greatest joy, and the greatest loss And as they wait, the women share these memorable stories with the boy.From the Hardcover edition.

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      • Gary Paulsen

        Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age After a librarian gave him a book to read along with his own library card he was hooked He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adventure A youthful summer of rigorous chores on a farm jobs as an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver, and sailor and two rounds of the 1,180 mile Alaskan dog sled race, the Iditarod have provided ample material from which he creates his stories.Paulsen and his wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, an artist who has illustrated several of his books, divide their time between a home in New Mexico and a boat in the Pacific.


    1. It was only because Gary Paulsen's The Quilt (a short children's novel based on the author's own childhood and the third in a series presenting the author's relationship with his maternal grandmother Alida) was being read as a GR group read and was both available at the local library and seemed to have an interesting and intriguing enough premise that I even bothered adding it to my to-read list. I have NEVER been all that much a fan of especially Gary Paulsen's narration and writing style, but [...]

    2. This was lovely and had me in tears by the end. Gary Paulsen has painful memories of his mother but some wonderful memories of his grandmother, Alida. He spent summers with Alida and one summer, as a six-year-old boy, was particularly memorable. Alida and young Gary are driven on an old, lumbering truck to cousin Kristina’s home to be with her as she is expecting. The boy learned of all the fun animals on a farm along with all the chores even a young boy can help with. But he learned something [...]

    3. After reading Yellow Star (which was a great insight on the holocaust by the way) I found this book very dissapointing. Although the author was in the war at the time I didn't find it real enough for me. I think he was a bit to young to comprehend what the 'war' was as a 6-year-old. This was an easy read only about 80 pages and It would have been better with more detail. Another down point of the book was that it took 1/2 of it to get anywhere. Unfortunately i was a bit dissapointed in this read [...]

    4. The book was well written but I found the fact that "the boy" has no name distracting and annoying. A child at that age is the centre of his or her own universe, everything references to them, and yet he has no name, no identity? I hardly think so. At that age, many children make names for themselves if they don't like the one they were given (I know this from experience). Yes, he pretends to be Roy Rogers, but he has no name for himself? Not even calling himself "Roy"?The vibe I picked up was, [...]

    5. What a beautiful story! I have fallen for Paulsen's writing. It's simple and poetic and full of heart, written for both children and adults. This is a boy's story of being raised by his grandmother and aunts, of living on and working a small Minnesota farm, and of the hardships of wartime. I loved The Quilt - savored every word. I've already chosen a few more of Paulsen's books and am excited to begin reading them.

    6. I couldn't quite figure out who this book was for. It was quite a short book and written from the perspective of a six year old, yet it dealt with some mature topics (his mother's "men" and childbirth). I guess it could be interesting from an autobiographical perspective, but it didn't really work for me.

    7. I don't have much to say about this other than it was entirely forgettable. Paulsen's style, which was intriguing in The Hatchet, seemed overly dramatic for this book. And maybe just a tad annoying. I'll wait until I hear a book is fabulous before trying another one by Paulsen.

    8. This was different from the Paulsen I remembered, The Hatchet. It's a nice little memoir of his experience at his Grandma's as a child. If you want to understand Paulsen's life a little bit better, you can read the trilogy he writes about his experiences at Alida's Wisconsin farm.

    9. The last book in this short, sweet trilogy written by Gary Paulsen about his grandmother. Very poignant stories and memories!

    10. SPOILER ALERTThis book is called "The Quilt", by Gary Paulsen. The genre of this book is fiction. This book was about love. It introduced the theme in many places: Mothers and their children, Husbands and their wives, even a boy and his dog. At the beginning of the book, a boy has just went to live with his grandmother. His mother is unstable and his father is off in the war. He enjoys staying with his grandmother although sometimes he misses his mother. They get called to go help a lady named K [...]

    11. A six-year-old boy has to go spend the summer with his grandmother, Alida because his mom was too busy to take care of him and his father was in the war. Grandmother Alida lives in a Minnesota town. All the men are off fighting in the war so it’s left for the women to do the chores. The boy is supposed to be helping out but all day the boy just played outside and listened to his grandmother’s stories. One day Alida and the boy had to travel to his cousin, Kristina’s, farm to help the farm [...]

    12. Beautiful, quiet story about boyhood in a hard time with non-traditional family arrangements. A tender real account from Paulsen about his childhood. There are some lines toward the end that, given in a very emotional situation, are a reflection of the turmoil of the times and the frustration of a generation of women left to "always go on." It is my belief that these lines should be taken as such rather than an attack on men in general. The story was quite beautiful.

    13. I had no idea what to expect of this book as I randomly came across it. All I knew was that Paulsen had written "Hatchet", a book that I had read & loved as a kid.I was really moved by this book and found it both heartbreaking and encouraging by turns. Paulsen's succinct retelling of this period of his childhood was surprisingly emotive. I think that the idea behind the quilt was beautiful and a great way of coming together as a community.It's a quick read and one I recommend.

    14. Sweet story about the love and strength of family, and the fortitude of the women left behind during WWII as seen through the eyes of a young Gary Paulsen.

    15. A wonderful, quick read by Gary Paulsen. This is a companion book to both The Cookcamp and Alida's Song. I would recommend reading all three.

    16. Well first off this kid had to go live with his grandma. They went to go to this person named Kristina and they went to go help her out with chores, plus they are family. So every day this boy went to help out on this farm with Kristina and his grandma. His job was to keep the cats off the cows, move the stool from cow to cow and carry milk buckets. Kristina was pregnant and was almost ready for a baby well a couple days later she had a baby and named it Olaf. Then the boy had found out what th [...]

    17. I've fallen in love with Gary Paulsen's writing after reading Hatchet. So I've decided to "shop" in the children's section of our local library and read kids books. The story "The Quilt" is semibiographical about Paulsen's early life with his grandmother while his father was off to war and his mother wasn't making very good choices in life. It is a wonderful read and here is a copy of the plot of the book I found on line. "A six-year-old boy goes to spend the summer with his grandmother Alida in [...]

    18. Historical/ Required Author World War II is the time frame of the book. The boy spends most of his time with his grandmother Alida and they move to help a friend named Kristina manage her farm and prepare for the new arrival: her baby. The boy learns that the sacred quilt in the family is part of his heritage. His grandmother tells the relatives to talk in English instead of Norwegian so that he will be able to understand the history behind the quilt. When the midwife comes to help with the baby [...]

    19. Synopsis:This book tells of a time a young boy spends with his grandmother while his father is away fighting in World War II and his mother is working in a munitions factory. The Norwegian farming community in northern Minnesota is far removed in every way from Chicago - life is quieter here, not easier but simpler. It is a world virtually without men, peopled by hardy women more than adequate to the task of keeping the farms running while their husbands and sons are overseas. While there, the b [...]

    20. REQUIRED AUTHOR: GARY PAULSENThis book tells the story of a little six-year-old boy who goes to live with his grandma for a summer. During that time he goes with his grandma to visit his cousin's house to help her when she gives labor. There, he learns about the quilt that these women have made. A patchwork containing a square from each of the people they have loved that have passed on. The boy comes to discover the importance of love and the importance of memory. I really loved this book. In pa [...]

    21. GARY PAULSEN, HISTORICAL NOVELAt six years old, "the boy" is sent to live with his grandmother on the farm while the men go out to war. On the farm, he occupies himself with chores like feeding animals and such. The action happens when his cousin goes into labor and all of the other women come around to wait and put together a quilt--a quilt that represents his family stories which the boy gets to hear be told in all their honest beauty. Meant for younger children, this novel is very humbling an [...]

    22. I loved this book. Even though it was a short book it was full of life. Gary Paulsen has written of his experiences while living with his grandmother while his father is in the war and his mother is working in a munitions factory. While staying with his grandmother they must go to his cousin Kristina’s house to help out as the birth of her first child is near. He finds himself in the middle of a group of women who have all arrived to help. When the labor is slow to progress they bring out the [...]

    23. Gary Paulsen is a legendary author in my home state of Minnesota. My mom is a quilter, so I was intrigued to read this audio book. I greatly enjoyed the voice actress who used a Norwegian immigrant accent to voice the women in the story. It reminded me my childhood, my grandparents and the ancestors I never knew who left their families in Norway to scratch out a better living in the Midwest. It is also a testament to the strength and courage of women, especially in the absence of men.

    24. A wonderful story of a young boy who is living with his grandmother during WWII. They are called to help his cousin who is expecting a baby. Other women from the family arrive to help and wait. While they are together they bring out a very special quilt that is made from pieces of clothing from each family member who has passed away. Each square holds a story. While they are waiting for the arrival of the new baby they boy learns the story of his family through the quilt and the stories the wome [...]

    25. Gary Paulsen writes an autobiographical short novel about the experiences he had at age six with his grandmother. He writes in third person of the years during World War II, when his father is a soldier overseas and his mother is working in Chicago, and he lives in Minnesota with Alida. They hitch a ride to spend of few weeks with a Norwegian relative, who is expecting her first child and needs helps on the farm. While they are there, the boy learns about the Quilt. This is a beautifully woven s [...]

    26. This was in interesting look at strong, rural, immigrant women surviving farm life without the men, during WWII, from a boy's viewpoint. One reason I started this series is that it is factual, about the author's life. The boy's impressions of the community ladies coming together to help out and continue the oral history and quilting tradition during a birth is touching. The story isn't especially deep, but I liked it because it was from a kid's viewpoint, with strong sensory descriptions that ha [...]

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