Ida Lou's Story

Ida Lou's Story

by Susan Kirby, Dan Andreasen
     
 

A family, like a quilt, can be pieced together in many ways. And a quilt, like a family, is rich with stories. Lacey's great-grandmother has a trunkful of family quilts, and stories, she loves to share with Lacey. And the stories the old quilts tell help Lacey understand not only the generations that have come before her, but her own family as well.
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Overview

A family, like a quilt, can be pieced together in many ways. And a quilt, like a family, is rich with stories. Lacey's great-grandmother has a trunkful of family quilts, and stories, she loves to share with Lacey. And the stories the old quilts tell help Lacey understand not only the generations that have come before her, but her own family as well.
Take Lacey's great-great-aunt Ida Lou, living with her brother, Vic, and their struggling single mother in Bloomington, Illinois, in 1918. Vic wants to join the fighting overseas, while Ida Lou dreams of becoming an aerialist like her heroes, The Flying Wards. She's sure that traveling with the circus will enable her to find her long-absent father. But even as a rich suitor for Ida Lou's mother promises a bright future for the family, a near-tragic accident threatens to put an end to Ida Lou's dreams.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Fourth in a series called "American Quilts," this historical fiction was inspired by actual events around the turn of the century. Ida Lou's story will show young readers what the life of a young girl was like in the Midwest during the early 1900s. The inspiration for the book came from three real-life aerialists (Eddie and Jennie Ward and Mickey King) who performed internationally for several years. The book teaches several important values through Ida Lou's experiences. She learned patience as she adjusted to the difficult situation of moving homes and living with a new stepfather. She learned endurance because of an accident that kept her in bed for a year. And she showed determination as she kept her focus on the goal to become a circus aerialist. This uplifting book will be especially helpful to children who are interested in the circus or quilting or are dealing with a new stepparent. 2001, Aladdin Paperbacks, $4.99. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Living in Bloomington, IL, in 1918, Ida Lou dreams of soaring through the air on a flying trapeze in the circus. Since her father abandoned the family, her mother and brother struggle to earn a living while the girl tries to scrape together enough money to attend the circus when it comes to town. Times change, though, when her mother marries a rich man. The protagonist's circus dreams are threatened when she suffers a horrific fall, but in the end she becomes a worldwide star. The story is juxtaposed between modern-day Lacey and her great-great-aunt Ida Lou, and the similarities between the two are apparent. Ida Lou is a headstrong girl, supported by an appealing cast of characters. The pacing is right on target and period details will hold readers' interest.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689809729
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Series:
American Quilts Series, #4
Edition description:
1 ALADDIN
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
0.41(w) x 5.00(h) x 8.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including By the Dawn’s Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Steven Kroll, which was named an ABA Kids’ Pick of the Lists and a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood; and Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored several picture books, including With a Little Help from Daddy and A Special Day for Mommy. Dan lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.

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