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The Quilt Walk

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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
Jessica Harrison
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“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...more
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
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
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
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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.

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.
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
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
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...more
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...more
Emmy Blue is ahead of her time as she fights the traditional female role laid out for her in the 1860s. She grows up and learns to compromise without giving up her strength during a long, hard "quilt walk" from Illinois to Colorado with her family. Author's note on the authenticity of this historical fiction piece is fascinating.
It's the 1800's and Emmy Blue and her parents are heading West to make a new home in Colorado. Emmy, a tomboy, dislikes needlework, but her Grandma gives her quilt pieces and supplies for her to use to make a quilt on the trip. Along the way, she comes to appreciate quilting. Thankfully, there's more to this story than a girl who quilts. Along the way Emmy learns about life on the prairie, including hardships that can befall pioneers. I'm a sucker for pioneer stories, so I really enjoyed this on...more
I really enjoyed this book! Definitely adding it to my wish list to get my own copy to read to any future children right along with Little House on the Prairie. As a children's librarian, quilter, Colorado girl and fellow DU alum, Sandra Dallas already had me hooked on the premise alone! The book lived up to my expectations and was a really fun read. It also reminded me of the summer I spent working at the Golden History Museum (arguably one of the best part-time jobs other). Heartily recommend...more
I am excited to read this juvenile novel by one of my all time favorite adult fiction authors! It WAS a delightful story of a family traveling by wagon train to Golden, Colorado in the late 1800's to settle there. The story is fiction, but based on some real history of that area.

The story is told from the voice of Emmy Blue, a ten year old girl who, over the course of the long journey faces lost friendship, witnesses death close up, learns about grown up relationships and experiences the dangers...more
Aug 17, 2013 Vicki rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: tween
I have often thought and wondered a out the struggles of those crossing the Great Plains, leaving everything and everyone they know for a better life. This book shows one way a girl and her mother, plus many other women they encounter along the way find in common their love and friendship of quilting to help them on their journey. The side story of the Bonner's marriage troubles is one you don't of too often in a historical book, yet we all know this type of situation did occur. It is also a won...more
This book is a great read for any upper-elementary grade child who enjoys historical fiction, especially those like The Little House on the Prarie series. Ten-year-old Emmy Blue must start a new life out west in Colorado during the Gold Rush with her ma, pa, aunt, and uncle and she's made up her mind that she's brave enough to go. This story is filled with adventure (Indians and forging rivers), friendships, and quilting (something Emmy Blue isn't very fond of) to keep her busy on the months lon...more
Very good historical fiction. Emmy Blue's family is moving by covered wagon from Wisconsin to Golden, CO, and she's not at all sure she wants to go. Her grandmother gives her a special gift she can't open till they cross the Mississippi River and when Emmy finally opens it, she finds a quilting kit. Oh, joy! She hates quilting. Little by little, though, Emmy meets other children, has adventures both big and small, and learns the satisfaction she can get from finishing each quilt block.

It's a nic...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
In 1864 ten-year-old Emmy Blue Hatchett is eager to leave behind the expectations that she learn to quilt and is ready to start the adventure of moving from Quincy, Illinois, with her mother and father, to Golden, Colorado, where Emmy's father plans to open a business catering to the gold miners, but she isn't ready to leave behind her cat, friends, and grandparents. Along the covered wagon journey, wearing her three dresses on top of one another, she encounters rattle snakes,Indians,spousal abu...more
One of those books where you shouldn't judge it by it's cover (like I originally did). I actually LOVED this book! Based on some truth, this story tells about a young girl and her family who leave Illinois for Colorado during the Gold Rush. The majority of the story takes place during their time traveling on a wagon train. Most importantly, I really liked how the author portrayed the strength of women in this book…really amazing!
Very heartwarming story of a young girls Westward journey to Colorado in 1800s. Her grandmother gives her the fabric pieces to make a quilt, which she isn't too excited about, but along the way she learns the meaning behind quiltmaking and the strength of the women who make them. Sandra Dallas does a great job of telling a story of quilt history and the wagon trail, through the eyes a young girl on an amazing journey.
It's 1864 and 10 year old Emmy is going west to Colorado with her parents and aunt and uncle. It took me ages to figure out how old Emmy was - she seemed very young for her age. I'm a sucker for any and all prairie books, but this just felt off to me. Too modern, not a good sense of the time period, never really felt like I knew the characters, too plot driven for a book where not much happens, etc. It never gelled.
10-year-old Emmy Blue doesn't want to leave her friends and move from Illinois to Golden, Colorado in a Prairie Schooner. And she certainly isn't thrilled when she discovers that the present her Grandmother Mouse is her own squares to make a quilt - she doesn't like quilting! But along the road, she learns more about herself, the power of family and friendship, and ultimately the meaning behind quilting.
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Award-winning author SANDRA DALLAS was dubbed “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. Sandra’s novels with their themes of loyalty, friendship, and human dignity have been translated into a dozen foreign languages and have been optioned for films.

A journalism graduate of the University of Denver, Sandra began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week. A staff...more
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