I knew Momma wouldn't ask Pa to leave this new land . . . but I wondered if I'd ever see her smile again.”
Standing on the dry and dusty prairie, all Pa can see is the promise of the new land before him. All Momma can feel is the sorrow of leaving everything behind to live the life of a pioneer.
Annie thinks she knows what will make Momma happy again: a flower garden like the one back home. With Pa's help, Annie and her little brother Jim clear a patch of earth. And when Momma sees the plot of land ready for planting, she remembers something her sister gave her for the journey -- packets of seeds tied with a lavender ribbon.
Deborah Hopkinson's tender tribute to the brave women and childrenwho traveled west on the prairies is accompanied by Bethanne Andersen's lush and evocative illustrations.
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Deborah Hopkinson has written numerous award-winning books for children including Bluebird Summer, a Golden Kite Honor Award recipient from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives with her husband and two children in Walla Walla, Washington.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-4-In this poignant account of a pioneer family's experiences, Annie relates how she and her family leave their home and journey west. While her father sees the promise of new land just waiting to be claimed, her mother feels the sorrow of saying good-bye to loved ones. On the morning of their departure, each of Momma's friends gives her a small white packet. Life is hard on the prairie, and when the woman gives birth to a baby girl in the spring, she is too sad to name her. With the help of her father and brother, Annie clears a patch of earth for a kitchen garden. Realizing Annie's intentions, her mother asks her to bring the packets, which contain seeds for daisies, larkspur, poppies, and hollyhocks. Momma rolls up her sleeves to begin planting, finally ready to make this place her home. Using clear language with a homespun flair, Hopkinson captures a child's perception of events. The illustrations, breathtakingly executed in gouache and oil paints, effectively depict the windswept prairie. Young readers will appreciate the work and adversities the pioneers faced and what they had to do to prepare the land for the nonnative trees, flowers, and plants that have survived long after. An author's note provides more information about women settlers and pioneer plants. A moving and enriching look at a slice of American history.-Marian Creamer, Children's Literature Alive, Portland, OR
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Book Description Greenwillow. LIBRARY BINDING. Book Condition: New. 0060090901 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0011045
Book Description Greenwillow, 2004. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060090901