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A photo of  Jo Kemp and her son Luke in the 1970s, during the nascent stage of her writing career and at a time she wrote Queenie.

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Vintage 1980s Children Book – Queenie The Quilt

This book is all about Queenie and yes, she’s a quilt. Vintage 1980s Children’s book ‘Queenie The Quivering Quilt”.

  • Title: Queenie The Quivering Quilt
  • Publish Year: 1980
  • ISBN:85985 139 7
  • Author:Jo Kemp
  • Illustrator: Peter Beard
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How she looked when she wrote Queenie.  A photo of  Jo Kemp and her son Luke in the 1970s at around the time she wrote this story.

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1980 Children Book  – Queenie The Quivering Quilt Page 1

Queenie was a quilt, who spent most of her time resting. On the whole, Queenie was quite happy, except for her one big problem. You see, a quilt should be fat and warm and snugly, but Queenie wasn’t.
She was thin.
And cold.
And quivery.

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“Nothing I do seems to make me any fatter,” Queenie complained to her friend Alice the alarm clock, and she took a long hard look at herself in the mirror.
Alice tutted a few ticks.
“Have you tried eating?” ventured Alice.
“Eating?” replied Queenie in surprise. “Eating what?”
Alice had to admit she didn’t know and a gloomy silence fell while they both had a think.

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“I suppose,” said Queenie at last. “I suppose I could try and find out what to eat.”
And she looked around her.
In the corner of the room she saw an old pram.
“I could eat that!” she said brightly, and without much more ado she swallowed it. Wheels and all.

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“How do you feel my dear?” asked Alice sounding a trifle alarmed.
Remember, she was an alarm clock.
“Most peculiar,” said Queenie going a shade pale. “I think I’d better lie down.”
But as soon as she moved she clanked! Clank!

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“Oh I do beg your pardon!” said Queenie quite covered in confusion, and she sat down and clanked even louder!
“Oh, it’s not fair,” she wailed. “Not only am I thin and cold and quivery, now I clank as well!”
And she really got quite upset.
“Are you sure you feel as bad as you sound?” asked Alice, and offered her hanky. Queenie sniffed.
“Finding that one suddenly clanks is a bit of a shock,” she explained. “But mind you I have to admit that I don’t feel quite as hungry as I used to.”

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Alice was delighted. “Well that settles it,” she said to Queenie.

“Tomorrow we must find you some things to eat and we must make sure we find only quiet things.”

And with that they both settled down to sleep and to dream lovely fat snugly dreams.

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“BRINGGGG!!” rang out Alice early next morning.  “Wake up, Queenie dear, rise and shine. Now, what are you having for breakfast?”

“Breakfast!” said Queenie in horror.  “I’ve never had breakfast in my life!”

And then she remembered.  She must eat.

But what?

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Together Queenie and Alice looked around for something quite quiet to eat but everything they found seemed noisy. Tables, chairs, boxes and bedsteads. Buckets, bannisters, vases and ladders. Queenie even looked once or twice at Alice but put such thoughts out of her mind!

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Queenie and Alice were just about to give up the whole idea of finding something quiet to eat when Alice noticed some old papers. “These look quiet,” she said and invited Queenie to try one.
“Hmm… not bad,” said Queenie between mouthfuls. “Hmm, not bad at all!”

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Then Queenie checked to see if she clanked. She didn’t. But she rustled a bit!
So while Queenie settled down to eat, Alice settled down to read and she came across something rather interesting.
“Queenie!” she exclaimed. “It’s all here! It says you should be full of feathers! And I know just where you can get some!”
“You can get some from the ducks in the park!”

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Queenie was so excited.  She waited until it was dark, then, with only the occasional clank, she crept down the stairs and out of the house, and along the main street, which led to the park.

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Queenie slipped easily through the bars of the gate and found the place where the ducks lived.
“Err… excuse me,” she whispered. “I wonder if you could help me?”
The ducks awoke with a quack and weren’t very pleased at being disturbed so late, especially by something as funny looking as Queenie!
“What do you want?” said a duck very crossly.

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Queenie explained about being so cold and thin. She explained about eating and about the clanking and finally about the feathers. “I see,” quacked a very nice duck. “Now just you leave everything to me.”
And with that she turned to the others and whispered, and soon they were all smiling and nodding.

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Quietly, the ducks stood up and, without a word or a quack, they flapped their wings very hard.
They flapped and they shook and they flapped again, so that every loose feather fell out.
“There you are my dear,” said the kindly duck pointing at a big pile of feathers. And Queenie ate and she ate and she ate until every feather had gone.

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And do you know what happened? Yes. Queenie was no longer cold and thin and quivery. She was fat and warm and snugly, just like a real quilt should be.
She was so happy. She thanked the ducks warmly and hurried off home.
She didn’t care if anyone saw her and everybody did.
They all told their friends that they had seen a fat snugly quilt running down the street. But no one believed it.
Would you believe it if someone told you?

…I Wouldn’t!

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Vintage 1980s Queenie the Quivering Quilt

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About Queenie – Queenie is a quilt who spends most of her time resting. She’s happy except for one big problem which is that a quilt should be fat and warm and snugly.  But Queenie isn’t. She’s cold and thin and quivery.

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