GRANDMA ESSIE'S COVERED WAGON by David Williams

GRANDMA ESSIE'S COVERED WAGON

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Age Range: 4 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Recounting the early experiences of his grandmother, born in 1901, Williams describes ``in mostly her words'' her journey from Missouri to Kansas with a large family, including a baby sister and an older, pregnant one and her husband; later, drought pushed them on to ``Mama's folks...part Indian,'' in Oklahoma; still later, they went to the boomtown of Big Heart, where the men labored in the oil fields and one sister died; finally, Essie returned to Missouri. Williams works a goodly number of authentic details--school, festivities, pastimes, etc.--into his straightforward narrative. The Polish artist, making his US debut, provides beautifully designed paintings, luminous with carefully understated color--but though he seems to have studied his subject, he doesn't catch the flavor of the period or the plains: trees are noble and ancient while rooms are too ample and high-ceilinged; characters are stiff and generic, animals out of scale. Still, an attractive piece of Americana. (Biography/Picture book. 4-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-679-80253-3
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1993