Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt

readability, 9 and up, read aloud- 6 and up

A touching story about Selina, a young Mennonite girl, and her family being forced to move to Ontario from Pennsylvania during the Civil War. Her grandmother is too weak to move with them, so as a special keepsake she gives Selina a bear paw quilt top. Many of Selina’s memories and the memories of her ancestors are embedded in the different fabrics of this gift forever. This wonderful book reminds us all that quilts are precious record of stories and memories, especially during Selina’s time.

Make a class paper quilt

  1. Ask students to draw one of their precious memories on a different coloured, square piece of paper.
  2. Glue all of these memories together to form a quilt.
  3. Hang up in classroom.
  4. Get each student to write up their memory as a speech.
  5. Every day have one or two students give read their memories to the class.