California,here we come!Faith's Pa says there's no room on a wagon train for Josefina, a chicken who's too tough to eat and too old to lay eggs. But Faith loves her pet. Can Josefina show Pa that she still has a few surprises left in her?
About the Author
Eleanor Coerr is the author of many books for young readers, including The Big Baloon Race, a Reading Rainbow book, Chang's Paper Pony, and The Josefina Story Quilt, a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.
Bruce Degen is the bestselling author and illustrator of the beloved, perennial favorite Jamberry and numerous award-winning books for children. He is the author and illustrator of Daddy Is a Doodlebug and Sailaway Home as well as the illustrator of the highly acclaimed Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole; the ever-popular Jesse Bear books by Nancy White Carlstrom; Jazzmatazz! by Stephanie Calmenson; and Shirley's Wonderful Baby by Valiska Gregory (available at your local library).
Bruce Degen's involvement with art has ranged from painting and printmaking to teaching art in New York City schools and directing an artists' lithography studio in Israel. Mr. Degen studied art at the Cooper Union and Pratt Institute. He was born in Brooklyn, New York—just like Charlie Muttnik—and now lives with his family in Connecticut.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a heart-warming and touching story of a little girl's love and pride her in hen, Josefina. I don't want to give the story away, but it is a wonderful story for beginning readers, and for the young at heart, who love something so much that it becomes a part of them for always! This story has everything---love, hope, desperation, courage, history, and it even carries elements of surprise with Josefina along for the 'ride'! As a writer and a reading teacher, this book is a true treasure for any age! This would also make a wonderful gift for anyone,............everyone!!!
This is a good example of historical fiction. It is not about someone famous, but the likelihood of the events is very high. And it is about westward expansion and having to make sacrifices when traveling on the wagon. It is likely and keeps the reader engaged.
Good story but may be a bit too sad for more sensitive children. People and animals die along the way of the Westward expansion - but kids also need to know that it was a hard life going West. I recommend this book, however, if you have a sensitive child (as I do), then you may need to explain the hardships and comfort afterward.
"The Josefina Story Quilt" by Eleanor Coerr is an easy, but enjoyable, book about a young girl named Faith's 1850 covered wagon trip to California. Like most pioneering families, Faith's family had to make sacrifices when deciding what to take on their journey. Her mother did not take the beloved family rocking chair, but refused to leave behind the family quilts. "All our joys and sorrows are sewn up into the patches," the mother said. Faith felt just as strongly about her pet hen, Josefina, and is finally given permission to take her even though she is too old to lay eggs and too tough to eat. On the long journey, Faith makes her own quilt patches which depicted the joys and sorrows she experienced along the way. Bruce Degan's friendly blue and yellow illustrations are a nice companion to the text and include drawings of quilt squares at the beginning of each chapter.
My 6-year old love this book. Excellent.