The Lennoxville Quilters’ annual show is on this weekend. Get into the mood with a lovely children’s book, The Quilt Maker’s Gift.

It’s written by Jeff Brumbeau, with lush watercolour illustrations by Gail de Marcken (2000).

Once upon a time there was a quilt maker whose wares were so beautiful the rich were desperate to buy them. She refused to sell, instead giving them away to the poor, whenever she saw them shivering in the cold.

The quilt maker lives in the kingdom of a greedy ruler: “And yet with all these marvelous treasures to enjoy, the king never smiled. He was not happy at all. ‘Somewhere there must be one beautiful thing that will finally make me happy,’ he was often heard to say. ‘And I will have it!’”

Perhaps a quilt? But the quilter refuses the king.

Even imprisonment does not change her mind.

The king debases himself, and pleads. And she repeats that he must be poor in order to receive a quilt.

Following her instructions, he begins to travel, to give away his precious things, and to send her tokens from his wanderings. She makes them into a quilt.

Finally, many years later, she finds the king, poor. She can now give him the quilt she has made for him. And the king is happy.

The quilt show will make you happy. (And unlike the quilt maker, Lennoxville quilters aren’t nurtured by forest animals, so there’s an admission fee of $5; it’s worth it!) The show is Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. George’s Church Hall, at 84 Queen St. As for the book, reading it, along with a membership to the Lennoxville Library, is free for any resident of Sherbrooke.

– Eleanor Brown, September 5, 2014


About BiblioLennLibrary

The Lennoxville Library, in Quebec's Eastern Townships, offers free memberships to all residents of Sherbrooke. We have a great selection of books in French and English, plus books on tape and CD, too! Check out our large-print section, our graphic novels... La Biblio Lennoxville se situe dans les Cantons-de-l'Est du Quebec. Les residents de Sherbrooke peuvent devenir membre gratuitement. Nous avons une grande selection de livres en francais et en anglais. Venez donc nous voir! Hours/Heures d'ouverture: Mardi-Tuesday, 10am to 5pm -- 10h a 17h Mercredi et Jeudi -Wednesday and Thursday, 10am to 6pm -- 10h a 18h Vendredi-Friday, 10am to 5pm -- 10h a 17h Samedi-Saturday, 11am to 4pm -- 11h a 16h Pour plus d'info, vous pouvez nous trouver au http://www.bibliolennoxvillelibrary.ca/ Click on the above to get to our website!
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