Addie's father promised that she would learn to read and write her name. But when he doesn't return from the Civil War, it seems as if Addie's dreams might be lost with him. The war has been hard on the whole country, but it has devastated the South. It is a struggle for Addie's mother to find food for her children. Finding the money for desks and books for their education seems impossible, and she tells them that they'll have to wait. But Addie doesn't want to wait. She pleads with her mother to help find a way to make good on her father's promise. So Addie's mother uses her skill to craft a beautiful quilt which, with the help of a friend in the North who can auction it for them, will pay for the new school supplies. But not before Addie must decide to sacrifice something she treasures for something she so longs for.A poignant Civil War tale told from the Southern perspective, Addie's story is sure to make its mark on the hearts and minds of all who understand and share her thirst for knowledge and self-realization.
|Publisher:||Walker & Company|
|Product dimensions:||8.22(w) x 10.58(h) x 0.10(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Candice F. Ransom is the author of more than 60 books for young readers, including The Christmas Dolls, which Publishers Weekly
called "an unusually moving story." She and her husband, Frank, and their cat, Xenia, live in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Ellen Beier has illustrated many books for children, including Mrs. Peachtree and the Eighth Avenue Cat and The Blue Hill Meadows. She grew up in New York and now lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with her husband and son.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.