Title: The Quilt Walk
Author: Sandra Dallas
Reading Level: Ages 10 - 13
Could you walk and quilt at the same time? And no shoes! Apparently that is exactly what some pioneer women and girls did in 1863 as they followed the wagon trains west.
Ten year old Emmy Blue Hatchet and her family make a grueling trip by wagon train from Quincy, Illinois to Golden, Colorado. Emmy’s father decides that there is a good life to be made by opening a store for miners in Colorado. He informs the family that they are to pack everything that they can fit into a wagon and leave friends and family behind to move. The family encounters snakes, Indians, mud slides and other threats as they make the trip. The Quilt Walk is based on a true story and we see the role of quilt making in the lives of pioneer women—not just a quilt to keep you warm but a way of connecting with others and having a community of friends. The Quilt Walk was our Family Book Club choice for February. Fans of The Little House on the Prairie books will enjoy this historical fiction book.