Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Log Cabin Quilt

The Log Cabin Quilt

1996 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Ellen Howard
Illustrator: Ronald Himler
ISBN: 0-8234-1247-4
Hardcover Price: $16.95
When a pioneering family moves from Carolina to Michigan early in the last century, Grandmother insists on bringing along a sack of cloth scraps to make quilts, even though there is precious little room in the wagon. "I aim to set on it," she says. In a surprising way, these quilting scraps and the ingenuity of one of the children end up saving the family from a freezing winter. Ronald Himler's watercolors are muted and austere; his earthy tones keep our attentions close to the ground, and close to the heart of survival via enduring values.
John Cech   ©1996 Parents' Choice
John Cech is a professor of English at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is the author of a number of children's books and, most recently, of Angels and Wild Things, a scholarly study of the works of Maurice Sendak. (1996 bio)

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