Hallie isn't afraid of anything--that is, anything but storms, which she braves along with her grandmother, huddled beneath a special quilt. When her family decides to join a wagon train and go west, leaving her grandmother--and everything Hallie has ever known--behind, Hallie knows she will have to be braver than she's ever been before. Then one day on the trail she witnesses the wildest, most glorious storm imaginable. How can she be afraid of anything after that?
Lyrical text from an exceptional writer is paired with gorgeous, jewel-like paintings in this evocative story of westward expansion.
About the Author
Jan Ormerod is the acclaimed illustrator of more than 50 books for children. She lives in England.
Teachers and parents will appreciate this high-quality combination of text and illustration.
Richly descriptive verse narrative about a girl on the Oregon Trail.
Ormerod's texured watercolors and pastels employ billowy swatchs of color to suggest th vastness of the setting. . . . Vivid imagery makes this lyrical tale an accessible, fresh addition to the children's pioneer genre as it tackles themes of change, courage and home.
"Readers will be convinced by the girl's sentiments on the last page: "Oregon's a fine place . . . . It's home now for me.'" Horn Book
"Add this stirring story to the growing number of picture books about pioneer life." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review