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Children's LiteratureTimes are tough and Winona's family, like countless others, must leave the dust and parched land of Oklahoma and head west. The old truck is packed to overflowing with all their belongings as they travel Route 66. The young narrator of the family's saga is obligated to care for her little sister Winona, a rambunctious, energetic tyke whose cries of "Don't forget me!" echo poignantly as she waves goodbye to all that is familiar. Through the heat of Texas into New Mexico where they do actually forget Winona (she is returned by a vigilant trucker) the family travels on. Across the Continental Divide on into Arizona, climbing high mountains, and crossing the blazing desert the journey seems endless. The people and sights they see record each part of the hot and tiresome journey where boredom is plentiful and food is not. Finally they reach a sea-green valley happy at last to have reached California. The illustrations done in pastels create a sense of time and place, but are sometimes so dark and shadowy they weigh the story down. The dark palette is reflective of the somber mood of these journeys, but one wishes for a brighter splash of color that signifies hope when the family at last reaches its destination. There is a sense of urgency and adventure in the text and the sisters are a winsome pair. An appended map that traces the family's journey and an author's note that sheds light on this great migration of "Okies" in the 1930s are both integral to a child's appreciation of this historical fiction. 2004, Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins, Ages 7 to 10.