"[This] account of a freed slave boy's search for his mother is distinguished by a vivid narrative voice and page-turning suspense.""Publishers Weekly"2012 Skipping Stone Honor Book Young Gabe s is a story of heartache and jubilation. He s a child slave freed after the Civil War and he sets off to reunite himself with his mother who was sold before the war's end. Come morning, the folks take to the road again, singing songs, telling stories and dream-talking of the lives they re gonna live in freedom. And I follow, keeping my eyes open for my mama. Days pass into weeks and one gray evening as Mr. Dark laid down his coat, I see a woman with a yellow scarf round her neck as bright as a star. I run up to grab her hand, saying, Mama? Gabe's odyssey in search for his mother has an epic American quality, and Keith Shepherd s illustrationsinfluenced deeply by the narrative work of Thomas Hart Bentonfervently portray the struggle in Gabe s heroic quest."
ELINORE PRUITT STEWART (1876-1933) caused a literary sensation in 1914 when her Letters of a Woman Homesteader was published. A self-educated pioneer in southwest Wyoming, she wrote letters to keep her mind busy amidst the hard physical labor of carving a home out of wilderness, and to keep her friendships fresh in that remote place In this followup of the next year, Stewart's missives are short stories in themselves, letters written about events in the summer and fall of 1914 and intended for later publication, as those of her first collection were not. The joy of Stewart's writing is in the perceptive eye she turns on her neighbors and their fortunes and misfortunes: scraping up money to buy a coffin and tombstone for a beloved mother, digging wells for thirsty horses, making bonnets and kitchen curtainHIS036041s to beautify a harsh environment, rekindling a romance between a couple long estranged, and more. A classic of pioneer life, this delightful book continues to enthrall readers today, nearly a century as it was written.
Ponds and water features have been popular in gardens for thousands of years. This book is aimed at anyone who is thinking of building a pond, anyone who has bought some of the materials but doesn't know how to start or anyone who has a pond and needs to know how to keep it at its best.The book starts with the basics of assessing the garden, checking the site, planning and preparation, tools and materials and electrical wiring and safety. With the basics established the authors introduce the many different types of pond and how they can be created, maintained and enhanced.From split-level ponds to wildlife ponds, plant and fish and adding sculptures, bird houses, stones and bridges, each subject is presented in a clear way with box features, lists and questions and answers. The final chapter looks at water features - a rock pool or stream for a large garden or a small wall mask or trough for a tiny back garden.
What would it be like to live in prehistoric times? A cave-dwelling boy introduces readers to daily life in the Stone Age, with tips on everything from mammoth-hunting to making cave art.
A collection of senseless ramblings about finding love at a rabies clinic, student drivers, talking alarm clocks, coffee crystal werewolves and blended families. Life in a small town can be a little bit of hell and an awful lot of heaven, especially if you happen to be lucky enough to belong to a family who doesn't have a firm grasp on reality. Take a lighthearted journey from one life lesson to another with a family on the far side of normal.
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