Eric Sloane found the diary of Noah Blake, aged 15, in an old New England house and he has explained and expanded the boy's brief entries to provide a picture of the life then lived, along with the tools and techniques with which they built a homestead out of a simple cabin and made it habitable (furniture, etc.). Noah and his father are seen as they fell an oak to replace the ""dirt carpet"" with a wooden floor, as they roof and shingle, tap the maples, raise bridge timbers, build a pond and a mill, hay and harvest. Occasionally there are more personal items- the death and burial of their ox, the purchase of a horse, a birthday, etc. Drawings by the author animate this recreation of rural life long ago, and heighten the gift appeal here. It is something of a curio for collectors of early Americana.