From School Library Journal
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 EnosCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved