Item description for The Josefina Story Quilt (I Can Read Book 3) by Eleanor Coerr & Bruce Degen...
Overview While traveling west with her family in 1850, a young girl makes a patchwork quilt chronicling the experiences of the journey and reserves a special patch for her pet hen Josefina.
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?
Citations And Professional Reviews The Josefina Story Quilt (I Can Read Book 3) by Eleanor Coerr & Bruce Degen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1258
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 642
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 583
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 842
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.2" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Apr 4, 1989
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Series I Can Read
ISBN 0064441296 ISBN13 9780064441292
Availability 128 units. Availability accurate as of May 27, 2017 03:59.
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More About Eleanor Coerr & Bruce Degen
Eleanor Coerr was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Two of her favorite childhood hobbies were reading and making up stories.
Her fascination with Japan began when she received a book called Little Pictures of Japan one Christmas. It showed children in beautiful kimonos playing games, chasing butterflies, and catching crickets. She pored over the colored illustrations, dreaming of one day joining those children in Japan. Her best friend in high school was a Japanese girl whose family introduced her to brush painting, eating with chopsticks, and origami. Eleanor's desire to visit that magical place never faded, and her well-thumbed copy of that favorite book is still in her library.
Eleanor began her professional life as a newspaper reporter and editor of a column for children. Luckily, she traveled to Japan in 1949 as a writer for the Ottawa Journal, since none of the other staff wanted to go to a country that had been devastated by war. To learn Japanese, Eleanor lived on a farm near Yonago for about one year, absorbing the culture and enjoying rural celebrations. Soon she was able to visit nearby schools and speak to young audiences about her country. Eleanor wrote and illustrated Circus Day in Japan, using the farm family and a visit to the circus as models. It was published in Tokyo in 1953.
Her most difficult trip while she was in Japan was to Hiroshima. Eleanor was shocked by the horrible destruction and death caused by one atom bomb. Of course, she did not know Sadako Sasaki at that time, although she was living there with her family. The misery and suffering Eleanor witnessed was burned into her mind, and she hoped future world leaders would avoid wars at all costs.
One beautiful day in 1963, Eleanor revisited Hiroshima and saw the statue of Sadako in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Impressed by the stories she heard about Sadako's talent for running, courage when faced with cancer, and determination to fold one thousand paper cranes, Eleanor was inspired to find a copy of Kokeshi, Sadako's autobiography.
Eleanor looked everywhere she could think of and asked all of her Japanese friends to help. Since the school had copied the ninety-four pages and stapled them together, most of the books had fallen apart. Years passed, and Eleanor continued writing for newspapers in various countries and wrote more children's books. But she was always hoping to find Kokeshi.
One fateful afternoon, Eleanor was having tea with a missionary who had lived in Hiroshima all through the war.
-Eleanor, - she said, -you should write a biography of Sadako Sasaki for American children to read.-
-I would love to, - said Eleanor, -but I must have Kokeshi to get all the true facts about Sadako.-
The missionary took Eleanor to her attic. Lo and behold, at the bottom of an old trunk was an original copy of Kokeshi. Eleanor rushed to have it translated properly and began writing Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes as soon as she could.
-It's like magic. I was meant to write her story, - Eleanor said.
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes has been translated into many languages and has moved both children and adults to write plays, perform ballets, compose songs, and collect money for peace statues-all celebrating Sadako and her wish for peace. Eleanor has visited schools all around the world encouraging her audiences to work for a nonviolent world. Folded cranes are everywhere, and always underneath the statue of Sadako in Hiroshima's Peace Park.
Eleanor Coerr currently resides in San Diego, in the state of California. Eleanor Coerr was born in 1932.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Josefina Story Quilt (I Can Read Book 3)?
Journey in the old days Apr 5, 2010
Have you ever taken a journey? In the old days people took a journey in a covered wagon. Josefina and her family are going to California in thier covered wagon. Many things happen to them on the way. Josefina makes a picture quilt to remember all the things that happened to them. My favorite part was when they crossed the river. I really liked this book, even though parts of it were sad. It was very interesting to read about the old days! Kaavia N.
A great story Feb 10, 2010
I love this little book. It's the story of a family moving west. Faith wants to take her pet hen, Josefina, but her father doesn't want the trouble of bringing along a hen that no longer lays eggs. Faith finally gets her way, and the hen causes all kinds of trouble, but ends up redeeming herself. The reading level is perfect for second graders. There are short chapters and the exictement is high. Who knew a hen could cause such adventures? Each chapter has a quilt block to go with it. Faith works on the quilt blocks as they travel and each block tells a story about part of the journey. In the end they sew the blocks together to make a Josefina story quilt. I use this along with books such as The Quilt Story by Tomie dePaola and Patricia Polacco's The Keeping Quilt during a unit on quilts. All of my students enjoy this one!
A tragedy for tots. Now there's a good idea. Oct 29, 2009
The Josefina Story Quilt is an I Can Read book, which means it is aimed at beginning readers. The interior book flap of my library's copy says, "...I Can Read books introduce children to the joy of reading independently." Coerr's book is more likely to send them screaming away from books to watch cartoons.
My six year old was assigned this book in school. By sheer chance I read it first. She won't be reading it at all. I despise books with sad endings aimed at young children. It just seems cruel. I'm also concerned about assigning such a book, because that seems like an easy way to begin disenchanting a child with reading, school, or both.
I do not understand the necessity to have the main character's beloved pet die. Coerr kills off three oxen and two "old people" to show that the pioneers had a very difficult and dangerous journey. Each chapter features some new dangerous or sad development. So after all that the reader's reward is to have the hen die? That's the payoff?
Adding insult to injury, Coerr ends the book having Faith, the little girl, make a quilt patch about her hen Josefina. That, apparently, makes everything okay for Faith. Then why didn't she just kill Josefina before the trip and draw a picture of her to bring along instead?
There must be better books about pioneer life for beginning readers. For more advanced readers, of course, the Little House books are incomparable.
The Move West Apr 9, 2007
The Josefina Story Quilt, by Eleanor Coerr is a sad and happy book.
Faith is a girl and she has a pet hen, named Josefina.
Like lots of other families in 1850, Faith's family is going west to California. Faith wants to take her pet hen(Josefina) with them but her Pa says no. Finally her Pa lets her take Josefina along.
On the way lots of sad things happen:2 old people die along with 3 oxen. Faith makes quilt squares on the way to tell what's happening.
Josefina saves the day at the end.
I would reccomend this easy reader to you. It has a bittersweet ending. I say this book is 4 out of 5.
Wonderful Book Nov 3, 2006
My six year old kept checking out this book at her school library over and over. She can read the entire book to us. She even dressed up as Josefina for storybook character day at her school. It is a great book full of love and adventure. The first time you read it you will cry but your child will read it over and over again.