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Posted March 9, 2013
Addie happily lives with her family in the mountains of Virginia, but when her father leaves to be a scout during the Civil War, he doesn’t come home. His red flannel shirt is the only thing that returns, and eventually, it becomes part of a quilt sold to buy books for the school Addie’s father promised she would attend.
Beautiful story that helps children understand some of the difficulties of the Civil War without emphasizing the horrors. The pictures enhance the story and show the sadness that many suffered. The remaining family works to feed themselves after the war. Addie makes the sacrifice of giving away her father’s shirt to help her and others. Her mother makes the quilt to buy the books. The author’s note tells about history of the quilt pattern used in the story.