What was it like to be a child in pioneer days? You'll find out in Barbara Greenwood's A Pioneer Story
when you meet 10-year-old Sarah Robertson and her younger brother Willy, who live on a backwoods farm in eastern Canada in 1840. A Pioneer Story
chronicles a year in their family's life through a series of short stories, each detailing an aspect of life as it was lived over a century and a half ago: maple sugaring, following a beeline to a honey tree, getting lost in the woods, going to school, raising baby animals, and escaping the teeth and claws of some of the grown-up ones.
The stories are written with great empathy and charm, and Greenwood's love of Canada's past is obvious on every page. Children will have much to relate to, right down to the squabbles that siblings of all ages and times get themselves into. Each story is augmented by a wealth of related material and beautifully illustrated with black-and-white drawings by Heather Collins. Hands-on activities allow kids to experience pioneer life while having lots of creative fun at the same time. And the research doesn't only bring back the past: parts of the book, which won the Ruth Schwartz Award and the Mr. Christie's Book Award, could easily be used as a backwoods survival manual today. (Ages 8 to 12) --Martha Johnson
About the Author
Barbara Greenwood is an award-winning author whose books include Gold Rush Fever, The Last Safe House and A Pioneer Thanksgiving. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Heather Collins has been illustrating children's books for more than 20 years. Her body of work includes many nonfiction books, such as the award-winning A Pioneer Story and Out Came the Sun. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.