Elizabeth's Constellation Quilt

Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 05/14/2015
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Author Biography

Olivia Fu is a painter, illustrator, and teaching artist living in New York. She earned her BFA in painting from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She currently teaches mural painting for a nonprofit public art organization, Groundswell, as well as New York history through art for the New York Historical Society Museum, and previously worked as a teaching artist at the Guggenheim. In addition, she has taught grades K-12 and loves to create accessible and engaging lessons, whether in a gallery or classroom setting. She is available for school, library, gallery and bookstore visits in the New York area.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Elizabeth’s Constellation Quilt is a children’s pop-up book by Olivia Fu. Elizabeth loves watching the stars at night and wants to be a sailor like her father, who sails on a ship named the Night Rose. Her father tells her that sailors navigate by following the stars, and Elizabeth must learn them to become a sailor. Poor Elizabeth has trouble remembering the stars because they look similar, but her mother makes her a beautiful quilt designed with the stars. Her father leaves on his ship and sends weekly postcards showing the constellations until the Night Rose is lost at sea. Elizabeth sells her bed, chair, and fancy hat, and hires a captain so she can search for her father. She takes along her quilt and uses it to follow the constellation trail on the postcards, but soon realizes that star navigation is not as easy as it looks. She wonders if she will ever find her beloved father.

Elizabeth’s Constellation Quilt is a delightful picture pop-up for small children. Olivia Fu has written wonderfully, introducing a loving family of mice in a plot that is educational too. Elizabeth is adorable and brave in her quest to find her father, and I admire her determination. The author shows in a subtle and creative format how children can learn new things while having fun. She has displayed her artistic side with the magnificently coloured illustrations that enhance the story. Olivia Fu will win the hearts of young readers with her entertaining book.