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But the colorful Log Cabin quilt disappears before they have a chance to give it away. This hearty Amish family ...
But the colorful Log Cabin quilt disappears before they have a chance to give it away. This hearty Amish family faces a new adventure!
Moss and Good's new collaboration is as rich and lively as their two highly successful earlier books—Reuben and the Fire and Reuben and the Blizzard.
Reuben and his Amish family make a beautiful Log Cabin quilt to raise money for a sick neighbor, but then it is stolen before they can take it to auction.
To tell the truth, he was thinking about Splotch and Blotch, Sam and Ben's new puppies. Sam and Ben lived on the next farm. The twins were his best friends.
Suddenly a wet strawberry hit Reuben on the forehead.
He stood up fast and saw his sister Sadie trying to act normal, like she hadn't done anything. She was younger than Reuben, and could be quite a handful.
He couldn't decide whether to yell at her or to pitch a strawberry fastball at her when Datt stood up straight, right there in the middle of his row, and said, "A Log Cabin, maybe."
Reuben couldn't figure out what his father meant, but like usual, his mother seemed to.
"I know just the colors," Mamm said.
It was all quilt talk, of course. So Reuben didn't pay any attention. He missed Sadie twice with a strawberry without his parents noticing, but then he landed a big, mushy one smack on her cheek.
"Quit it, Reuben!" she shouted.
But of course he had his face buried in the green leafy plants, looking for those ripe berries as though he had no idea what was happening around him. He knew Datt was watching him, so Reuben picked those strawberries as though it would break his heart to do anything else!
Later that night, over at the twins' hideaway behind the corn shed near the orchard, Reuben and Sam and Ben played with Splotch and Blotch.
Sam didn't seem very happy. "Our grandfather has to go back to the hospital again," he said to Reuben, rubbing the puppies' ears with the tall grass. "But we don't have the money. I'm worried."
Reuben figured out that's what gave Datt his idea about the Log Cabin quilt.
The twins' grandfather had been in a serious accident, when a car came around a corner, much too fast, and slammed into the back of his buggy.
Datt and some of the neighbors decided to have an auction to help pay for the expensive operation. And Datt was suggesting that he and Mamm and Reuben's five sisters—and maybe even Reuben himself—should make a quilt to sell at the auction. A Log Cabin quilt.
Reuben yawned. He was about as excited with the idea of a quilt as his pony Starshine was when he had to go out into the rain on a cold day. Not very, in other words.