This copy of The Log Cabin Church by Ellen Howard with illustrations by Ronald Himler is a HB with a DJ. It was published by Holiday House in 2002. Condition: Very Good/Very Good--a few pages show faint signs of handling; most pages show no handling; no markings; binding tight; covers in great shape; DJ shows slight handling and has a little curl up on the top and bottom; DJ is not price clipped.
K-Gr. 3. In this companion to The Log Cabin Quilt (1996) and The Log Cabin Christmas (2000), Elvirey; her brother, Bub; and Sis, Pap, and Granny are settled into their log cabin in the Michigan woods. Spring has arrived, and Pap is busy clearing fields, burning stumps, turning the soil, and planting corn and wheat. Granny and some of the neighbors are anxious to have a church, and so, one Sunday morning, the community gathers at Elvirey's cabin for singing, prayer, and fellowship. Elvirey associates church with her mother's funeral, but by questioning others she learns that religion means something different to everyone, and by the end of the story she realizes that the important part of a congregation is not the building but the community it serves. Howard's use of old-fashioned vocabulary and dialect (younguns and purty gals) adds to the authenticity, and Himler's sensitive artwork portrays many details of farm life in the bygone era. Each spread includes a full-page painting opposite a smaller drawing, which is placed beneath the text. A good choice for both church and public library collections, and because the story is nondenominational, it will be also useful for primary-grade units on pioneer life. Kay Weisman
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