Step back into the days of the Pioneers in this deftly created tale of history and fiction. The story of the Scottish Robertson family and their struggles and joys in making a home on a backwoods farm is woven throughout with cut-away drawings and chapters that give historical context. Illustrations impart a gentle soul to the family, while highlighting the various aspects of farming, finding a bee tree, making maple syrup and other aspects of pioneer living. 240 indexed pages, softcover.
In an unusual blend of fiction and nonfiction, A Pioneer Sampler chronicles one year in the lives of the Robinson family. Illustrated historical notes enlarge on the social history and describe activities related to the stories, from churning butter to predicting the weather. Young readers are invited to try their hand at these tasks to experience a bit of pioneer life.
Barbarba Greenwood worked at a historical museum churning butter, spinning thread, and embroidering cloth before writing A Pioneer Sampler.
Slaughtering hogs, making butter and telling time by the sun are all chronicled
in the life of a pioneer family. PW said in a starred review: "As a resource,
it's a must-have for anyone with even the remotest interest in this period of
American history." Ages 8-12. (Mar.)
"Laura Ingalls Wilder meets David Macaulay in this thoroughly engaging book." Publishers Weekly, Starred