Embarking on a new life, Zoe and her family journey west to the Nebraska Territory in the 1800s. When Zoe and her family arrive at their claim, nothing distinguishes it from the miles and miles of surrounding prairie. Even after they build their soddie, the home can't be seen from any distance. Zoe has never seen Papa so happy or Mama so sad. But when she takes a trip to the small prairie town with Papa, Zoe sees something that might make a difference to their new soddie, and to Mama's life, too.
"On a trip to town with her father for supplies, Zoe spots a mass of dandelions and realizes that the flowers are much like her family -- they may be out of their element on the prairie, but they will survive and bloom in their new land.... A solid choice for read-alouds, this may also be used with older, reluctant readers or students learning about the westward movement." -- Booklist
"Modern readers will identify with this family's experiences and concerns, and will admire their adventurous spirits. Bunting tells a poignant story, which is made even more affecting by its lovely illustrations." -- School Library Journal
"The gouache paintings capture the lonely panorama of the landscape, and the classically painted, sometimes faceless figures give the book a sense of universality. A solid choice for read-alouds, this may also be used with older, reluctant readers or students learning about the westward movement." -- Booklist
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|May 1, 2001