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Dandelions by Eve Bunting
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Nov 04, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction

This story is written from the perspective of a girl named Zoe and her family's experience moving west from Illinois. It reminded me of the stories "Little House on the Prarie", but this story focused more on what life was like once they got to their new home in the West. The girl speaks of the happiness her father had for the new life, whereas her mother was sad to leave her old life behind. Having these two different perspectives in the book allows the reader to see all sides of what it meant for those who moved west during this time. It shows the struggles that one has to make to adjust to the new life and what a toil it could place on a family. After a trip to town, Zoe and her father come across a patch of dandelions most likely brought in by accident by a wagon. Unlikely to grow in this area, Zoe's father decided to take the patch to remind Mama of home. The girls secretly plant the dandelions at home on the roof to surprise Mama. The dandelions symbolize the family's struggle to survive, yet they demonstrate the strength of the family as well.
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