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The Healing Quilt
The Healing Quilt
by Lauraine Snelling
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.38

3.0 out of 5 stars Quilting, 7 Feb 2014
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I found the writing style a little disjointed to start with, and the constant references to God and healing get a bit much, which is why I have given this 4 stars not 5.

However, I like the characters, Kit, Teza, Beth, Elaine and their own personal stories. You want them to have a 'happy ending' each. I like the Quilt description too and the reason for making the Quilt. A good read in all, and I would probably read it again.


A Single Thread
A Single Thread
by Marie Bostwick
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Quilting with friends, 7 Feb 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were realistic, with beliveable problems and hang-ups, but their friendship through joint interest of Quilting, helped them get through the difficulties. I really look forward to reading the next book.


Backstage with Peggy
Backstage with Peggy
by Doris A Pocock
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Backstage, 7 Feb 2014
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A fairly predictable school story with self sacrificing heroine who learns her lesson well and is rewarded, however heroine is very likeable, so 3 stars.


A Guiding Star
A Guiding Star
by Joyce Stranger
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 7 Feb 2014
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Loved it. Classic Joyce Stranger, interesting believeable characters. All about the healing power of animals and the incredible work of 'Dogs for the Disabled'...amazing animals and trainers.


Judith Kerr's Creatures: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Judith Kerr
Judith Kerr's Creatures: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Judith Kerr
by Judith Kerr
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Have pencil....will draw, 7 Feb 2014
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This is the best Auto-Biography EVER. What a totally gorgeous book.

I love the beautiful illustrations, its full of beautiful full colour pictures throughout.

One of the first books I can remember reading was ' Mog the Forgetful Cat', and it's still a firm favourite. I also enjoyed 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea', but it was a long time before I got the connection that this was same Author who wrote, 'Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit'.

This auto-biograpghy is brilliant, as it shows Judith's work, from her earliest drawings, to her latest work, shows how she developed as an artist, and how and what she learnt. It also tells about different projects she has worked on, such as textiles, when she first started out, and she worked in Television, when it first started, which I didn't know, and how she got on the path of being an illustrator and Children's Author.

The book is full of the most fascintating and beautiful drawings and artwork in full colour, its a feast for the eyes, as well as a really enjoyable read. I loved this book, and will definitely read it again.


9 Lives
9 Lives
by Clive Rusher
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & Lighthearted, 7 Feb 2014
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This is a fun, light hearted read, I really enjoyed it.

This is the Tale of 9 Cats with distinctive names: Seye, Lick, Fish, Nip, Nap, Flap, Astrophe, Arrh & Copy. They all live in village of Acomb. One day there is a very bad storm, so they all take refuge in a shed. This is lifted up in the storm and ends up several miles away.

Seye is the one eyed leader, and under his encouraging leadership, they all stick together for the journey home. There are multiple adventures on the way home, including escape from Dangerous DOGS with the help of a cat called Alley and a Church Fire.

A good book, and a great ending.


Sonoma Rose (Elm Creek Quilts Novels (Simon & Schuster))
Sonoma Rose (Elm Creek Quilts Novels (Simon & Schuster))
by Jennifer Chiaverini
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Good historical novel - not really Elm Creek though..., 18 Jan 2014
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I really enjoyed this book, though I wouldn't call it an 'Elm Creek' novel. It's a spin-off, and picks up where 'The Quilter's Homecoming' finishes. In fact, the first couple of chapters overlap, as we leave the story from Elizabeth's point of view (in The Quilter's Homecoming), and now take up the story from Rosa's point of view. It has no link whatsoever to Elm Creek, and only a very slim link to Elizabeth, who came from Elm Creek.

However, Jennifer Chiaverini is a master at a good story, especially historical ones, and despite this not being an Elm Creek book, and only a passing mention to Quilting, it's still a very good story. It follows the tale of Rosa, Lars & the children as they escape from the abusive John and search for a cure for Ana & Miguel's mysterious illness, which has already claimed the lives of their older brothers & sisters.

They find refuge with the warm and friendly Cacchione family who own a vineyard. But this is late 1920's, early 1930's, so owning a family vineyard in Probition era is not easy. The Cacchione's activities threaten to reveal Roas & Lars' secret. I thought the potrayl of Lars ongoing struggle with alcholism was very realistic. An extremely good story, really enjoyed this book.


Twelve Babies on a Bike: Diary of a Pupil Midwife
Twelve Babies on a Bike: Diary of a Pupil Midwife
by Dot May Dunn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Quick! baby's coming!, 18 Jan 2014
I enjoyed this book. It's based on her diaries, so it does read a little dis-jointedly at first, but once you get used to the style it's OK.

You need to remember this is a true life story, not fiction. So not everything has a neat, happy ending, whether it's the stories of her paitents, or her own personal life. Some of her personal life is unhappy, and sometimes you wish certain people were nicer or more sympathetic, but this is a real life account, and its very realistic, it really does happen that way.

The tales of her paitents are quite fast-paced, due to the diary style, and most are far from straight-forward! Dorothy needs 12 cases to pass her midwife exams, but babies do not arrive to any timetable but their own - so will she get 12 in time, and will they be straight-forward cases??!

From visiting slum houses, to brothels, from over anxious fathers filling the room with steam, in order to make sure enough hot water is available, and the midwife falling under the bed while trying to make a delivery - nothing goes to plan as Dorothy tries to take care of her paitents! But she delivers unexpected twins to a delighted, vouluble Italian family, and saves the life of more than one paitent by spotting trouble in time, so despite her mistakes she makes good progress. A fascinating, true-life read.


The Patchwork Quilt (Picture Puffin)
The Patchwork Quilt (Picture Puffin)
by Valerie Flournoy
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Grandma's Quilt, 18 Jan 2014
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Grandma is making a quilt, and scraps from the whole family's discarded clothing goes into the Quilt, but Grandma gets tired and needs some help.... This is a lovely story woven round a traditional quilt. Just what a quilt should be.


The Keeping Quilt (Aladdin Picture Books)
The Keeping Quilt (Aladdin Picture Books)
by Patricia Polacco
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.75

5.0 out of 5 stars What a Quilt Should be., 18 Jan 2014
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I loved it. I am fascinated by Quilts made from everyday fabrics, once worn as a favourite shirt or blouse, now preserved in a Quilt, so the happy memories associated with that fabric live on.

This book is a perfect example of that. About 6 generations of one family, Great Grandma Anna comes from Russia as a little girl. Her dress and Babushka are made into a Quilt when she outgrows them, along with fabrics from other family members. The Quilt is passed from generation to generation, preserving both the Quilt and the stories it hold, plus adding new stories to its life.

The illustrations certainly add to the story. The Quilt is shown in different settings, always in color against the black and white of the rest of each picture, standing out vividly.

A charming story of the importance of heritage and remembering the fabric of life, of your own family's story and how a Quilt can help do this. This story epotomises what Quilts mean to me.


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