SODBUSTER by David W. Toht


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Age Range: 9 - 12
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 In the American Pastfinder series, a portrait of life on a midwestern farm during the Great Migration in the first part of the 19th century. Each spread contains a couple of paragraphs on a specific topic: ``The Great Migration,'' ``Sodbusting,'' ``Building a Home,'' ``Clothing,'' ``Home Remedies,'' ``Sodbuster Celebrations,'' ``A Day on the Farm: Morning,'' and so on. The background for each discussion is a large, detailed watercolor scene of the farm (pale greens and browns predominate); in some cases, the pictures are labeled, becoming diagrams. In addition, each text is supplemented by a quote from a document from the era: letter, newspaper, almanac, or lines from a poem. The whole is highly informative and vital, engaging simply by virtue of the variety of information that it presents. A nice piece of work. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Jan. 19th, 1996
ISBN: 0-8225-2977-7
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Lerner
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1995