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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sherry Deleo on January 16, 2008
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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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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