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Papa and the Pioneer Quilt Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 5, 2007

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Kindergarten-Grade 3—Papa's "wandering feet" have taken Rebecca's family many places, from Pennsylvania, where she was born, to Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri. Now he is moving them west again to Oregon: "I hear tell land out there is the finest a man could want." Although Rebecca longs to stay put, Mama explains that this is "Papa's dream." They set out in spring, and during the six-month journey, Papa nearly dies while crossing a river, little brother Harrison falls out of the wagon three times, and Rebecca makes friends with fellow travelers. She also starts to collect scraps of cloth for her quilt bag—from Papa's torn shirt, Mama's apron, her old travel dress. When they finally arrive at their destination, she sews a quilt, and she and her siblings sleep under the snuggly blanket in their Oregon cabin. An author's note explains that the pattern of Rebecca's quilt was a popular mid-19th-century design called "Wandering Foot" in celebration of the pioneer spirit, but that quilters eventually changed the name to "Turkey Tracks." Bond's excellent illustrations, done in acrylics on watercolor paper, provide an ideal dreamy background for the story. The smooth first-person narrative, appealing dialogue, and sunny artwork vividly capture a child's experience in the early days of the United States.—Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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Although Papa gets top billing, this story actually focuses on a young pioneer girl whose family is making the long trek from Missouri to Oregon by covered wagon. Along the way, the child collects bits of material to use in a quilt. The hardships faced by the travelers and the various opportunities to collect scraps form the core of the story. In keeping with the unadorned existence of the pioneers, the simple, softly colored illustrations adequately convey the straightforward text. The appeal of the quilts may draw children into this glimpse of life during the frontier days. Randall Enos
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (April 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803730284
  • ASIN: B005Q5Z7MU
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jean Van Leeuwen is the author of more than fifty children's books, including picture books, Easy-to-Read books, and middle-grade fiction. She has won numerous awards, among them the William Allen White Award, the South Carolina Children's Book Award, the Massachusetts Honor Book Award, and the Washington Irving Children's Choice Award, as well as many ALA Notable Book citations. Her popular Oliver and Amanda Pig Easy-to-Read series was called "timeless as the truths of childhood" by the New York Times. Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day was a 2006 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book.

Her own two children were the inspiration for the Oliver and Amanda Pig stories, as well as several others, including Dear Mom, You're Ruining My Life. Many of her other books have grown out of her long-time interest in American history. Her historical picture books include Going West, which was cited as an IRA Teachers' Choice and Across the Wide Dark Sea, selected by the New York Public Library as one of the "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing." She has written historical fiction for older readers as well. Her Bound for Oregon was a Child Study Association Book of the Year, and Cabin on Trouble Creek was nominated for children's Choice awards in eight states.

Ms. Van Leeuwen grew up in the small town of Rutherford, New Jersey. She was an avid reader as a child, reading every book she could get her hands on, from Nancy Drew to The Wind in the Willows. At one point, while trying to convince her parents to buy her a dog, she read nothing but dog stories for a whole year. (She got the dog, but when she moved on to horses, her parents refused to cooperate.) Eventually she began writing her own stories, which she illustrated with cut-outs from magazines.

After graduating from Syracuse University, where she majored in journalism, Ms. Van Leeuwen found a job in the children's book department of a New York City publisher. She remained a children's book editor for many years, an experience with inspired her to once again start writing her own stories. Her first book, Timothy's Flower, was published in 1967, and she has been writing and publishing ever since.

Ms. Van Leeuwen now lives in another small town north of New York City with her husband, Bruce Gavril. She has two grown children, David and Elizabeth, and a young grandchild, who will surely inspire more stories.

Visit Ms. Van Leeuwen's website at www.jeanvanleeuwen.com

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I am a quilter and ordered this book to read to my 3 year old granddaughter. I'm hoping she will want to be a quilter too. :) She loves the quilt I made for her and I wanted her to know some of the history of how quilts came about.She loves this book. The illustrations are simple and fun.It is sad from a grandparents point of view though.Papa has wondering feet so the family moves a lot.Before they travel across country to Oregon, they are living "down the road from Grandma", and Grandma is very sad when they move.The first piece of fabric Rebecca saves for her quilt is the handkerchief Grandma gave her when they left and it still has grandma's tears on it.Shortly after this book arrived my daughter told me their family plans on moving to the other side of the state-with my three grandchildren.So this part was very sad for me.
The book tells of all the fabric scraps Rebecca saves on their long journey across the country by wagon.Each fabric piece has a story behind it. The family has to walk so the wagon space can hold their belongings. When they get to Oregon it's so beautiful, it seems they may stay put this time.Rebecca's Mother helps her make a quilt with the fabric she has saved.The pattern they use is called "Wandering Foot", now known as "Turkey Tracks". The last page explains why the name was changed. It doesn't take long to read this book and older children could easily read it themselves. Besides giving some history on quilts,it reminds us there were days, not so long ago, where people didn't have lots of material possessions and life was quite different than today. Great book!
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Papa and the Pioneer Quilt captures the pioneer spirit while telling about the journey of young Rebecca and her family as they make the long, difficult trip to Oregon. The expansive, detailed graphics add much to the telling of the story. Readers get a feel for the determination and struggles of the pioneers. It's very interesting to also learn about the history of the wandering quilt.

Those interested in Americana or quilting will enjoy this well told tale.
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I read each and every book before I read them too my children or give them to my children. This book was given to us by my grandmother an avid quilter and children's teacher for many years. I found myself totally engrossed in this short story and loved it myself. I could see myself walking along the trail with this family. My mother was over visiting at the time, and I handed it to her to read too. I guess later today is when I will read it to my children. It teaches a wonderful history lesson on the American pioneers, and the American tradition of quilting and how the pioneers used whatever they could. It teaches children that things don't always stay the same, but here is a way to preserve the memories and keep them with you in the form of a quilt. Well written and I loved the artwork as well. I highly recommend this book.
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I love this book it was on my children summer reading list and the book takes them back to life on the Oregon Trail and they asked questions and learned about why people make quilts.
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