When a girl and her family move west to Nebraska in the 1800s, they face challenges as they build their sod house and settle into a new life. Ages 5-8. (May)
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Kindergarten-Grade 3?Looking for a better life, a pioneer father moves his pregnant wife and daughters west. Both Zoe and Rebecca recognize their mother's isolation and depression as they arrive at their claim stake in the middle of the prairie, and try to work extra hard to please her. Zoe's first-person account describes a visit to neighbors (only three hours away) and a trip to town for supplies, where she finds something that she hopes will help cheer her mother: a clump of dandelions, which she and her father speculate came west as a seed on a wagon. They plant it on the roof of their sod home, and the story ends with the clump looking dry and lifeless. However, the closing words indicate that the family feels more hopeful about their prairie life to come; the last picture shows a panoramic view of their farm of the future, with the dandelions covering the roof and the fields plowed and fertile. The gouache on canvas paintings are grand and sweeping; they emphasize the vast expanse of open land that dwarfs and seems to swallow up everything that comes in contact with it. The characters are frequently shown in deep shadow underneath sun hats, as the sun blazes down on them. When their faces are shown, there is a hazy lack of focus in an almost impressionistic style that heightens the centrality of place and climate, rather than individual character. Yet these people make their mark and find their place; modern readers will identify with this family's experiences and concerns, and will admire their adventurous spirits. Bunting tells a poignant story, which is made even more affecting by its lovely illustrations.?Ruth K. MacDonald, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
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Love Eve Bunting books. This is another good one. Came new, neat exactly what I ordered.Published 4 months ago by Mary Roduner
Great picture book to go along with teaching Westward Expansion.Published 10 months ago by Jasmine's Mommy
I love this book. I love the way Eve Bunting uses words and images to draw a picture in your mind that has more than one meaning. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
I read this every year to my 8th graders during our westward expansion unit to show them life in the west. They really enjoy the book.Published 18 months ago by Sara Schlotter
Great story of our earlier days. History becomes real to young readers. I recommend Eve Bunting to all. These books are great to incorporate into themes in school.Published on March 28, 2013 by DBL
This is one of the anchor texts for our historical fiction unit. The 5th grade students enjoyed the engaging story. Very fast shipping through Amazon.Published on March 24, 2013 by kristina
My six and eight-year-old boys love this story, which honestly surprised me. I bought it after flipping through the wonderful illustrations. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by eileen