Applegate (Animorphs series; Home of the Brave, reviewed Aug. 13) journeys into the picture book arena with this richly descriptive verse narrative about a girl on the Oregon Trail. Afraid only of thunderstorms, Hallie embraces the trip's challenges with pluck, inspired by a close bond with a grandmother who stays behind ("I am old and this is home,/ but I'll be with you just the same"). In language loaded with metaphor and simile (a creek is "swollen with rain and looking for trouble"; a herd of buffalo stampedes "like a black ocean surging"), Hallie relates suspenseful events and her vacillations between fear and bravery. Colloquialisms enhance the naturalness of the protagonist's voice, for example, "I'm not afraid, I told a skittering lizard./ I couldn't say the truth of it,/ not with the clouds so low and fierce." A quilt her grandmother wrapped her in during thunderstorms and bestows as a going-away gift makes several appearances (as do other unifying elements, like storms and buffalo), tying up the story a little too conveniently. Ormerod's (May I Pet Your Dog?) textured watercolors and pastels employ billowy swaths of color to suggest the vastness of the setting. Often, Hallie or the wagon train appears as just a small spot against a dramatic natural backdrop. 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. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
The Buffalo Stormby Katherine Applegate, Jan Ormerod
Hallie isn't afraid of anythingthat 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 grandmotherand everything Hallie has ever knownbehind, Hallie knows she will have to be braver than she's ever been before. Then one day on
Hallie isn't afraid of anythingthat 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 grandmotherand everything Hallie has ever knownbehind, 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.
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
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Meet the Author
Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate has written numerous books for young readers, including The One and Only Ivan, the middle grade chapter book for which she received the Newbery Medal in 2013, and the nonfiction picture book Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla (HMH Books for Young Readers).
She is also the bestselling Animorphs series, which sold more than 40 million copies world-wide. She lives with her husband—bestselling author Michael Grant—their children, and many pets in California. Visit her on the web at www.theoneandonlyivan.com and follow her on Twitter @kaaauthor.
Jan Ormerod is the acclaimed illustrator of more than 50 books for children. She lives in England.
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