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

by Susan Lowell, Stacey Dressen-McQueen (Illustrator)

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Member:katherine.fuller
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
Rating:****
Tags:California, quilting, travel

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

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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 |
This is a wonderful example of historical fiction as it combines a fictional story with accurate historical facts about the wagon trains coming west. The characters were fictional but the facts about the move west and the experiences the family faced were true.
Art Media: gouache
Appropriate Age: Primary ( )
  annikasmith | Jan 29, 2009 |
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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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