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The Elephant Quilt

Stitch by Stitch to California!

Susan Lowell, Stacey Dressen-McQueen (Illustrator)


List Price: 16.95*
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"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.

Praise For The Elephant Quilt: Stitch by Stitch to California!

"Bubbles over with verbal and visual vim...This iteration of the popular “wagons-west” theme kicks the energy level up a notch above the usual." —Kirkus Reviews "Dramatic, mixed-media paintings portray majestic landscapes and frontier dangers as well as moments of family merriment." —Booklist “Her bouncy narration is well matched by the boldly hued pictures that fancifully incorporate bits of patchwork patterns, appliqué, and embroidery into literal renderings of the Western vistas.” —Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374382230, 40pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2008

About the Author

SUSAN LOWELL's books include "The Bootmaker and the Elves," winner of a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. She lives in Tucson, Arizona. STACEY DRESSEN-McQUEEN was profiled as a "Publishers Weekly" Flying Start for her illustrations in "Boxes for Katje" by Candace Fleming, an NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. She lives in Portland, Oregon.