The Josefina Story Quilt, by Eleanor Coerr, illustrated by Bruce Degen, HarperCollins, 1957.
My son read this book for his Literature class in Second Grade. He was learning about the way of life for pioneers, with an emphasis on story quilts. This little book fit right in.
The language was simple enough he could read this book on his own and understand it. The story was rather charming. Although the book was about pioneers traveling to California, the more timeless theme was about the bond between a child and his or her pet.