Patterns on the Wall by Elizabeth Yates

Patterns on the Wall

By Elizabeth Yates
Level 8

Patterns on the Wall is a fantastic book by one of my favorite authors. This wholesome, beautifully written story is compelling and deeply meaningful. The historical fiction novel revolves around a fictional young man and his triumphs during the true frozen year of 1816. This book made me want to handle my hardships in a more optimistic way. The book includes messages of kindness, gratitude to God, faith, appreciation of nature, hard work, love of learning, self-improvement, optimism, humility, long-suffering, and patience. I also learned a lot about the time period, the frozen year of 1816, apprenticeships in early America, and early American stencil artists. This book does contain romance, but in a very gentle, completely wholesome, and pure way. I would feel comfortable reading the book to the youngest of children, but I think it would be best enjoyed by ages 12+.

This book is integrated with The Good and the Beautiful High School 1 Language Arts Course. This book is also available for purchase as a PDF set at

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)

Series Yes
Region New England, United States
Period early 1800s
Genre Historical Fiction
Digital Format Audiobook
The Good and the Beautiful Library No
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