"Solid writing and a close attention to details make this story more than the sum of its parts. Finely stitched.”
"Dallas’s story delivers a satisfying child’s-eye view of America’s westward expansion.”
Ho for Colorado! It’s 1864, and Thomas Hatchett has just told his family they will move west. He’ll sell the farm, buy a covered wagon, and load it with construction supplies. Pa plans to build a business block in the frontier town of Golden, Colorado. There is no place in the wagon for trunks of clothes, so Ma and their daughter, Emmy Blue, must put on their dresses, one on top of the other, and wear them all the way to Golden.
Ma knows the West means freedom for a man and is a place where Pa can have a better life, but for her, it means leaving behind everything she cares for and loves. A courageous and strong woman with a stout heart, Ma accepts Pa’s decisions the way she accepts dandelions—because she can’t do a thing about them.
But what about ten-year-old Emmy Blue? Part of the little girl wants the excitement of going to a new place where the family might become rich. After all, Golden is the Wild West. She’d be busy watching out for Indians and hunting for gold. But the other part of her wants to stay in Illinois, with her friends and grandparents.
During her final good-bye, Grand Mouse gives Emmy Blue tiny fabric pieces. Concerned that Colorado is no place for a proper young lady, Grandma Mouse is determined that Emmy Blue learns to sew. Emmy Blue’s journey west becomes a quilt walk.