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Warm As Wool (Aladdin Picture Books) Paperback – December 1, 1998

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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.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689822421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689822421
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,012,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "thedehnes" on June 1, 2001
Format: Library Binding
This story shares a tale of many living through hard winters in log cabins packed with mud. It shares the values of life and death, protection, and espically a mothers love. My children ask to read it over and over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Conley on April 10, 2011
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We loved this book! Even though we don't home school we had fun doing a unit study with this book over the winter. If your looking for a unit study and recourses for this book go to: homeschoolshare.com For all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracee on November 13, 2012
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This book tells the story of a pioneer family that settles in Ohio. The family is thrifty, cold, and has very little clothing (their patches have patches. The mother brought along a loom to weave wool, and saved up enough coins to purchase sheep, but there were no sheep around to purchase and so the family must put up with insufficient clothing. Eventually she finds someone to sell her sheep, and she makes wool for the family through hard work, even though she still faces hardships just keeping the sheep alive.

This story would be a excellent supplement to the wonderful Little House on the Prairie books, because it tells of a simpler time when your concerns were about staying warm, having food in your belly, and having your family around to enjoy. It suddenly makes your troubles melt away, because at least you're not sleeping with the sheep and freezing all day long. In addition to it being a great story, the author also sprinkles in beautiful language. "No matter how much clay William and Sarah patted between the logs, no matter how many leaves Joshua raked against the walls outside, wind kept slicing through the gaps." Children will enjoy the visual and sound effects of words like tattered, whistled, pantaloons, bedraggled, raggamuffin, mulled about, wooly, lush, clacked. These words can sound pretentious when used by an unskilled author, but here among the earthy illustrations and sweet story, they're just so much fun!
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