From Publishers Weekly
In this modest tale set in 1803 Ohio, a pioneer mother has a plan to keep her children warm: it starts with sheep purchased with coins she'd been saving from her former days in Connecticut. Ages 5-10.
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-- The reality of the American pioneer experience is embodied in this simple, historically based account of Betsy Ward, who with her husband and three young children emigrated from Connecticut to the Ohio woodlands in 1803. An entry from a 19th-century record book is the impetus for the story, and Sanders fleshes out the characters and plot to create a memorable picture of a family's life in an isolated, draughty cabin with only ragged clothing to keep them from freezing. After shivering all winter long, Ward is able to buy eight sheep from a passing drover. Natural hazards decimate her little flock, but with each loss she shears the corpse, and spins and weaves the wool. Lambs are born, the flock increases, and the children are warm and comfortable at last. The patience and hard labor required of a farm family, the supreme importance of their livestock, the discomforts and disappointments they must endure, and the quiet satisfaction they achieve are clearly depicted in text and illustration. The handsome, expressive pictures are done in warm-toned watercolors and pencil and are rich in authentic detail. An unusual unity in format is achieved by a thin wash of color over the text page as well. Although the story is at times bleak, the golden tones of the illustrations impart a feeling of optimism for the future. The prose is vivid, suspenseful, precise, and well cadenced. --Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
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