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The Quilt Walk

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  508 ratings  ·  127 reviews
It's 1863 and 10-year-old Emmy Blue Hatchett has been told by her father that soon their family will leave their farm, family, and friends in Illinois, and travel west to a new home in Colorado. It's difficult leaving family and friends behind. They might not see one another ever again. When Emmy's grandmother comes to say goodbye, she gives Emmy a special gift to keep her ...more
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published September 2012 by Sleeping Bear Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Ms. Yingling
Emmy's father has decided that his fortune lies in Golden, Colorado in 1864, so he packs up the family and heads out from Illinois with provisions to set up a building supply company. Emmy's mother isn't thrilled to leave her family and friends, and it's hard for Emmy to leave behind her cat, but she embraces the adventure. They join a wagon train that includes young Mrs. Bonner, a newlywed whose husband is abusive, and Joey, a young boy Emmy's age. The days are long and somewhat tedious on the ...more
Libby Ames
When Emmy Blue’s father announces his plan to move his family to the mountains of Colorado, Emmy looks forward to the adventure. The Wild West sounds much more exciting than becoming a lady and learning to quilt. However, she learns that adventure also means sacrifice and hard work. After leaving friends, family, and her pet cat, Emmy starts a new life on the trail to Golden, Colorado.

On the wagon train, Emmy and her family experience hardships and strengthening experiences. They make friends an
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Jessica Harrison
Full review at Cracking the Cover

“The Quilt Walk” is an understated book that has more to it than first meets the eye. Author Sandra Dallas allows her story to unfold through Emmy’s eyes. And there’s a lot to see. Like most children, Emmy is more observant than many would expect. During their trek, Emmy comes to see her parents and other adults in a new light. The issues women faced during this time period are not hidden, neither is the physical abuse a new bride suffers. It is important to note
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Sue
The Quilt Walk by Sandra Dallas is her first children's book. I'd recommend this book for any Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, or anyone who likes to read about pioneers and the gold rush. Emmy is a young girl who leaves Quincy, Il in 1864 with her parents and Aunt and Uncle for Golden, Colorado. Her father has spent a year out in Golden, and has returned with a plan to go into business as a builder. Reluctantly, her mother agrees to go, and they begin their journey in a covered wagon. Quilts are a maj ...more
Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School
Set in 1864, this historical fiction novel tells the story of a family joining a wagon train to travel from east of the Mississippi (Quincy, IL) to Golden, CO during the Colorado gold rush. In pursuit of his dream to become a landlord for businesses catering to miners and prospectors, the father has taken the unusual step of going ahead to scout out opportunities and to prepare for the arrival of his family prior to undertaking the journey with them on the wagon train. However, the reason for th ...more
Barbara
In the 1860s ten-year-old Emmy Blue Hatchett accompanies her father and mother as they leave their farm in Quincy, Illinois, for Golden, Colorado where he plans to establish businesses to supply the goldminers' needs. The journey is far from easy, even at the start as Emmy's mother and aunt must make difficult choices about what to take and what to leave behind. Although Emmy is excited about the adventure, she is also surprised at how dangerous the trip is, and how quickly luck can turn from go ...more
Hilary
Ten-year-old Emmy Blue Hatchett and her family leave their Illinois farm and head for Colorado to establish businesses to supply the needs of Gold Rush hopefuls. The challenging journey forces difficult decisions on every family member, as they choose what to keep and what to leave behind, but Emmy is excited by the adventure and keenly observant as the story progresses. This book would be a fine companion volume to the Little House (Wilder) series. While Emmy is similar to scrappy Laura, her mo ...more
Chris Meads
This is a fictional book based on a true story.

Emmy Blue is having to leave her friends and family behind because her Pa wants to move to Golden Colorado. Gold was found in the mountains (remember Pike's Peak or Bust?) and her Pa, instead of becoming a gold miner, instead wants to set up a block of buildings to sell items to the miners. This is the trip to Golden that Emmy Blue tells.

Emmy learns throughout the trip, the hardships of the people traveling, and learns a lot from her parents about h
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Rebecca
Sandra Dallas takes a little bit to get into her first children's book, not in terms of story, but in writing for a young audience: the novel begins by writing down to children. By about the fourth chapter, however, the tone evens out, and Dallas' novel becomes both a western migration story and a semi-subversive feminist tale about the hardships of women in the 1860s. While the ostensible plot is Emmy Blue learning to quilt during her journey west, the more interesting tale is of her mother and ...more
Andrea Villasenor
Do you like books that take place in the past with lots of adventure..Well this is the book I think you should read.This book is historical fiction filled with lots of adventure an is one of a kind.Overall I thought the book was great and loved how the author used detail on how the characters got to Golden from Illinois.

This story takes place in the 1860s. The setting really is in a wagon traveling to Golden.Many lady's and young women loved to quilt, but not Emmy Blue. Emmy was a 10 year old
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Diana
Sandra Dallas is one of my favorite authors. I found this book at the library on the shelf with the other Dallas books. It was so small that I knew it was a "children's book." On the back of the book it said, "Ages 9 and up." I decided that I am "9 or up" so I read it.
In the author's note, Sandra Dallas says that this book was based on something that really happened.
Margaret lived in Quincy, IL and one day her father comes and tells the family they are moving to Golden, CO. In those days, m
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Sue
I did not realize this is a book for ages 9 and up. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. It is a good book to teach young girls about maintaining a positive attitude. There is a woman in the story who is abused by her husband. The author makes it clear that this is not the way a marriage should be. The story is told from the point of few of the little girl who has a very healthy relationship with her mother, father and is open to making friends.
Elizbette Sanchez
If you like books that take place back in 1864, this is the book for you! The Quilt Walk is a historical fiction book. I really enjoyed this book because the author put great detailing in everything and overall, it was an amazing book. Emmy Blue is a young girl who lived in Quincy, Illinois. Her dad decided it would be better off if they move to Colorado. Emmy Blue loves adventures but she wasn't so excited about moving away from all her friends and family.

In this book, the story takes place mo
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Connie
I have been waiting for Sandra Dallas to bring this story to younger readers and here it is! Just about every aspect in the journey to Colorado ring true to the 1860s except for a couple of modern expressions ("okay") and a real sense of the vast prairie landscape. Looking forward to including this with Colorado historical fiction for 4th graders and up.
Sandy
This book follows an 11-year-old girl on her trip from Quincy, IL to Golden, CO as her father seeks out a better life for her family. When she leaves Quincy, her grandmother presents her with the pieces for a doll-sized Log Cabin quilt. Emmy does not enjoy quilting, but on her journey she learns that quilts bind the women of a community together, be it a town or a wagon train.

The author was a bit heavy handed with some of her plot elements. The quilting conversations seemed a bit forced. I also
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Shirley
A ten year old girl crosses the plains to Colorado with her family. The back jacket says for 9 years old and up. I would recommend maybe 10 because it makes reference to domestic violence.

Would a ten year old child in 1864 have known that her mother was expecting a baby? Would they have kept it hush hush? This surprised me.

But oh, the brave women of that day that settled the west! I can see how quilting could be their solace and escape.

"'Quilting's a woman's way of dealing with troubles. There'
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Heather Wilkinson
Story of a 10 year old girl that has to embark on a dangerous journey when her father decides to move to Colorado during the gold rush.

Historical Fiction - 1864
Journey West by Wagon Train

Great topics to explore during book group - travel, survival, daily life, gold rush, displacement of Native Americans, farming, economic growth, leaving family


Areas to consider
Spousal Abuse
Women's lack of financial control
Pregnancy
Injury & Death


Questions: What is the one item you would take with you? Wou
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Miss Amanda
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Michelle Ault
This book is about a journey of hope and the dream of making a better living in the west during the 19th century. Emmy Blue, the 10-year-old main character and only child has to pack up with her ma and pa and travel in a Conestoga wagon train from Quincy, Illinois to Golden, Colorado. She must leave behind some of her beloved belongings and childhood friends, but she discovers some new ones on the difficult journey. While on the trail for months, she experiences new friendships, confusion, mono ...more
Jewell
A terrific five star historical read about the courage of a young girl, the sisterhood of women, and the power of quilting. A great tale to add to the western expansion canon.

Lucas
Jun 30, 2012 Lucas rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
The book was a very good story about a family traveling west in order to have a better start. The characters were very realistic and the obstacles they had to overcome were page turning.
Heather Hartman
A fabulous story that is so satisfying. I felt like I walked the prairies of Nebraska with Emma Blue and her family.
Mckinley
Based on historical events.

Others reads about migrations via the American west (excluding once settled) : (her other noval) True Sisters, Across The Wide And Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary Of Hattie Campbell by Kristiana Gregory (ya), Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series (ya), The Mormom Trail (non-fic/ya), The Pioneers Go West by George Stewart (bio/ya), Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner (early reader), The Santa Fe Trail by Samuel Adams (non-fic/ya), The Josefina Story Quilt by E
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Becky
I enjoy historical fiction. I do. And I enjoy a good pioneer story. The Quilt Walk is a middle grade pioneer story. It was satisfying for what it was.

Emmy Blue and her mom and dad are traveling with a wagon train to Golden, Colorado. Her aunt and uncle are also going. Her dad and uncle are the ones who really, really, really want to go. Her aunt and mom, well, they'd have been happy spending the rest of their lives right where they were. Her mom is more outwardly accepting of this change. Her a
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Angie
Emmy Blue is heading West. Her father has decided he is going to build a business block in Golden, Colorado. So the entire family has to pack up and leave Quincy, Illinois and set out with a wagon train to the wild west. Emmy is a little excited and scared to be going west, but she is also sad to leave home, family and friends. As they are walking across the prairie, Emmy starts piecing a quilt her grandma gave her; her mother and aunt piece as well. Along the way, they become friends with other ...more
Georgia Herod
After writing eleven novels and ten nonfiction books, Dallas has entered the older children's world of fiction with great success. She beautifully created the heart, mind, attitudes, and emotions of 10-year-old Emmy Blue Hatchett as she accompanies her mother and father and a wagon train of others leaving Quincy, IL, heading for Golden, CO, to create a new life--the American dream. Through the events and people Emmy Blue encounters, she "grows up"--she must leave behind her pet Skiddles; she mus ...more
Janetkc7wvy
A very enjoyable story of a move from Qincy, Illinois to Golden Colorado in 1864 as seen through the eyes of a 10 year old girl named Emmy Blue. The story was inspired by a real girl and her family who actually made this move and pieced quilts as they walked. Being a quilter I am in awe that they could sew pieces of fabric together while walking. A lot is covered in the book. They had to leave behind friends, family, and pets. They made new friends, adopted a starving stray dog. Again loosing fr ...more
Melinda
A sweet story about a young girl who travels from Illinois to Colorado in the 1860s. Her father was in search of a better life. Her mother was not so sure about the change. It's a great book for girls. I was impressed with the author's inclusion of the many aspects of pioneer life and travel. It definitely serves as an educational historical novel for the pioneer time period. It inspirited me to want to make a quilt.
Keilani Ludlow
A nice little story. She wrote it for youth, but I didn't realize that and since I have read all her books, this one was automatic. We follow Emmy Blue as her family uproots (not necessarily voluntarily on the behalf of herself and her mother) and joins a wagon train west. Along the way Emmy Blue learns a little about the roles of men and women (at that time period) and how to move a little more toward becoming a woman instead of a child.

It is hard to read books about women being treated as less
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Mum
It was written as a children's book. The story was good. I did admire that the author chose a group of people heading only to Colorado. The only bit of the story I did not believe was the resolution of Mrs. Bonner's situation. The law would not support it, so a lawman coming to "save the day" was too much. That Mr. Bonner could have been shot in a saloon would have been more credible, but I guess enough people had died by then.

If you liked this book on the whole, another enjoyable read about wag
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