Written as a prequel to The Quiltmaker's Gift, this wonderfully illustrated book tells the tale of the quiltmaker before she was an old woman. There was once a time when she was young and very rich. She came from a town that had a large wall built around it, that nobody passed through because they were frightened of the dangerous things that lurked beyond. One day this girl decided that she wanted to see what was beyond the wall, and when she did, what she found wasn't frightening but sad. She discovers the poverty of the people living beyond, but also discovers their kindness and wants to help them. Uncertain what to do, she finally discovers that there is something she can make to help them . . .
Jeff Brumbeau's prequel to the best-selling THE QUILTMAKER'S GIFT, illustrated with Gail de Marcken's rich, sumptuously detailed paintings, will be embraced by new and old fans of the Quiltmaker.
Escaping from the protective walls of wealth and privilege, a young girl discovers the harsh world outside, where some people don't have as much as others. When she realizes that she has the power to help them, the young girl finds a strength and peace she never knew before. Making the loveliest quilts in all the land, the young girl decides to give them away.
Jeff brumbeau grew up in New York City, where he lived with his mother and sister in his wodowed grandmother's house. His mother worked hard to support her family, who struggled to get by.
Jeff has had a variety of jobs befitting a degree in English, he says, including pumping gas, carpentry, painting, working in a mail room, car wash, factory, and candy store, on an oil rig in Wyoming and in advertising.
He lives in Chicago and Taos with Marcia, his wife; Samantha, the opera singin Persian cat; and Louis, the daredevil alley cat.