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The Elephant Quilt: Stitch by Stitch to California! (edition 2008)

by Susan Lowell (Author), Stacey Dressen-McQueen (Illustrator)

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Title:The Elephant Quilt: Stitch by Stitch to California!
Authors:Susan Lowell (Author)
Other authors:Stacey Dressen-McQueen (Illustrator)
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2008), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:California, quilting, travel

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The Elephant Quilt: Stitch by Stitch to California! by Susan Lowell



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I really liked this story for several reasons. One reason I liked it was because of the point of view it was told. Being told in first person, the reader gets to intimately know Lily and her family and what life was like traveling out west. Though this picture book would be classified in the historical fiction category, the events in this book seem to be very believable. Another reason I Iike this book is because the plot and the characters are believable. Though there is no message or moral lesson to be learned from this story, the purpose of this story is to inform readers of life traveling west during the gold rush era. ( )
  lkilpa1 | Apr 24, 2017 |
In this story, young Lily-Rose tells the story of her family's journey west to California in a covered wagon. Along the way, the family encounters several new adventures, each of which is carefully chronicled in the quilt Lily-Rose is sewing with her grandmother.
Overall, this is a fair example of historical fiction. While the story itself is fictional, it combines various true stories of life from this period of time, giving the reader a glimpse into what life was like during the period of westward expansion in American history,
1. One way to use this book would be to read it out loud to the class. Then, after reading, students can work on writing about journey in their own life before creating their own quilts like the one Lily-Rose sews.
2. Another way to use this text would be during a unit on Pioneers or the California Gold Rush. After, or during, the reading, the teacher can ask students to pick out details from the story that match what they have already learned about traveling by covered wagon. Students can also use the text to ask questions for further exploration.
Age Appropriateness: Primary, Intermediate
Media: oil paint ( )
  rstewart15 | Apr 8, 2017 |
The book shares a family’s adventurous story of moving from Missouri to California by wagon. Lily and her grandmother make a quilt, each session they stitch together something meaningful or symbolic along the way. When the trip is over, they have made a beautiful quilt that tells their traveling story. The overall theme is the history and geographical facts about the life changing journeys people experienced while moving out west, specifically for the Gold Rush. ( )
  KaitlynMahani | Mar 2, 2017 |
Review: This book is about a girl who is traveling west with her family in a covered wagon. The girl is traveling with her mom, dad, grandma, and brother and she has a sister who is born on the journey. The girl and her grandma make a quilt the whole time they are on the trip. The stitch different pictures from the different place that they traveled to. The girl and her family make it to California safely.

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Genre Critique: This book is based off of events that took place during the time when people traveled West. The events that take place in the story are accurate and they create a clear picture of what it would have been like to travel with them. ( )
  katherine.fuller | Nov 20, 2012 |
Summary: Lily Rose and her family leave on the Santa Fe Trail, bound for California in the spring of 1859. Along the way, Lily Rose and her grandma quilt a record of their journey through buffalo territory, mountain passes, the birth of a new sister, and their arrival in Los Angeles.

Critique: This story is a great example of historical fiction because it very well could have happened, and is based loosely on the life of Mary Margaret Hezlep who actually made the journey to California in 1859 with her family, but has pieces that were added. Point-of-view: The author writes from the point of view of Lily Rose, making it a first person point of view. This makes the story very personal and helps the reader feel like they intimately know Lily and her family.

Media: oil painting
  efakkema09 | Oct 9, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374382239, Hardcover)

“We’re going to see the Elephant!” That’s what people say when they head West on a journey promising to be “something powerful strange. Like a real live elephant, but even bigger – stranger – wilder – scarier!” Lily Rose is raring to go. Along the way she’ll help stitch her family’s adventures into a grand and glorious quilt.

Inspired by a quilt sewn by young Mary Margaret Hezlep in 1859 during her journey West, readers will relish this spirited tale with its lively heroine and bold pictures, cleverly designed to include quilted elements. And they’ll have fun finding the elephant hidden in the final quilt and tracing Lily Rose’s journey from Missouri to California in the quilt border—a reminder of a trip that’s as BO-dacious as Lily Rose herself!

The Elephant Quilt is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Lily Rose and Grandma stitch a quilt that tells the story of their family's journey from Missouri to California by covered wagon in 1859.

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