The Quiltmaker’s Gift

The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau is a great choice.

The story is a fable about a king who has a kingdom filled with everything his heart desires.  That is, everything except happiness.  The king is convinced that a quilt handsewn by the magical quiltmaker will satisfy him.  In the end, the quiltmaker teaches the king the true meaning of joy.

Theme:  Generosity

Teaching Idea:  Characterization

Materials:   2 paper doll cutouts for each student

                        crayons or markers

Procedure: 

  • After reading aloud the story briefly discuss. 
  • Give each student a paper doll cutout and ask them to decorate it to resemble the king in the beginning of the story.
  • On the back of the first cutout provide words or phrases describing the king’s character.
  • On the second cutout ask the students to decorate it to resemble the king at the end of the story
  • On the back of the second cutoutprovide words or phrases describing the king’s character in the end.

Note: In the beginning the king’s clothes are majestic.  He looks powerful.  Yet, he’s miserable.  At the end the king looks worn and tattered.  He looks like a peasant.  Yet, he’s finally happy.  The cutouts could serve as a visual discussion of how ‘things’ will not make you truly happy.

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