How’s your Christmas shopping coming along? If you’re still shopping for younger children, here’s another wonderful idea from the bookshelf! The Magic Quilt can be read as a stand alone story, or combined with crafty quilt gifts as a comforting stress or sleep aid for kids.
The Magic Quilt by Katie Sokolic, illustrated by Glenn Sokolic
RRP $17.50 from The Magic Quilt website
*Note! Buy a quilt kit from The Magic Quilt team in November 2014 and the author will donate a copy of the book to The Footpath Library, for homeless children in Brisbane.
This beautiful book project by a father/daughter team brings together a charming story and the comforting craft tradition of quilting. Katie Sokolic made quilts for her children as a hobby, but when she noticed just how much pleasure, comfort and security they offered, she decided to make the quilt the star of her first children’s book.
In The Magic Quilt, we meet Toby, whose Mum has lovingly stitched together a big, colourful quilt for his birthday. Little does Mum know that her fabric contains a sprinkle of magic that will whisk Toby off on adventures whenever he wraps himself up in his quilt. When a special fishing trip with his Dad is disappointingly cancelled, for example, Toby discovers he can explore the ocean himself – from right there in his own bed! When his little brother loses his favourite toy train, Toby steams himself over bridges and through tunnels with the help of the magic quilt. The story plays on the blurry lines between reality and imagination that make childhood so special, and suggests a tool to help children manage negative emotions.
Loved the book? Buy the quilt!
The exciting extra dimension of this story is that Katie Sokolic also sells actual quilts in the same colours as the one in the story. The quilt and book together would make a truly magical gift for any child who needs a little extra help to get to sleep or to calm down when under stress. If you’d like to make a family project of it, you can also buy a quilting kit to accompany the book. I can imagine a DIY quilting session being quite a special little ritual with young helpers involved; and seeing their own Mummy make their quilt would boost the connection between the story and their own world. Bookmarks in quilting fabrics are also available at the website as another gift option.
We all probably know a little one who needs some extra comfort at bedtime, or who loves to escape into imaginary worlds as they drift off to sleep. This book offers an easy to read rhyming narrative, clear, brightly coloured illustrations and the added bonus of a cosy quilt to snuggle up in if you choose.
With thanks to The Magic Quilt creators for my review copy of the book. All opinions are, as always, my own.