From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-In this continuation of The Log Cabin Quilt (1996) and The Log Cabin Christmas (2000, both Holiday), Elvirey ponders her Granny's desire for a church. The story picks up right at the end of its predecessor: "`Come spring, we'll see about buildin' a church,' my pap had said at Christmastime." Elvirey can hardly remember the one back home, and as they work together on their Michigan homestead, she asks her siblings and Granny to tell her about it. Himler's framed full-page paintings warmly convey the unsettled land, the family, and the increasing number of neighbors. It's through the community spirit of a picnic gathering that Elvirey finally remembers the church back home and understands her Granny's longing for it. The story concludes with the expectation of a new church rather than the actual building of one, and it's likely that a future story will bring the growing settlement together for the building of a new house of worship. The bonds of home and family are skillfully realized in this pleasant episode, which will be enjoyed equally by readers who are just meeting this frontier family and those who have already spent time with them.Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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K-Gr. 3. In this companion to The Log
Cabin Quilt (1996) and The Log Cabin Christ
mas (2000), Elvirey; her brother, Bub; and Sis, Pap, and Granny are settled into their log cabin in the Michigan woods. Spring has arrived, and Pap is busy clearing fields, burning stumps, turning the soil, and planting corn and wheat. Granny and some of the neighbors are anxious to have a church, and so, one Sunday morning, the community gathers at Elvirey's cabin for singing, prayer, and fellowship. Elvirey associates church with her mother's funeral, but by questioning others she learns that religion means something different to everyone, and by the end of the story she realizes that the important part of a congregation is not the building but the community it serves. Howard's use of old-fashioned vocabulary and dialect (younguns
and purty gals)
adds to the authenticity, and Himler's sensitive artwork portrays many details of farm life in the bygone era. Each spread includes a full-page painting opposite a smaller drawing, which is placed beneath the text. A good choice for both church and public library collections, and because the story is nondenominational, it will be also useful for primary-grade units on pioneer life. Kay WeismanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved