TWO IN THE WILDERNESS: Refore Vermont Had a Name by Mary Wolfe Thompson

TWO IN THE WILDERNESS: Refore Vermont Had a Name

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That Edward Aiken left his children Tabby (twelve) and Zeke (ten) alone in the uninhabited woods of Windham for six weeks while he went back to Londonderry, New Hampshire to fetch the rest of the family is history; Mrs. Thompson enlarges the pre-Revolutionary record into story, inventing the tasks and dangers that might have filled the six weeks. The two must contend with an encounter with a bear, a close call with a rattler, animals robbing their traps, a visit from two Indians, a badly cut foot, a panther on the roof, a hole in the roof, an incipient forest fire. They are frightened and nervous but their feelings are described rather than evoked; like any sister and brother, they disagree. The survival by common sense routine, routinely written.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1967
Publisher: McKay