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A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32 Paperback – October 31, 1990
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The journal records the daily lives and special events of Cassie, her family, and friends, such as going to school, attending church services, cooking the food which is Catherine's job following the death of her mother, celebrating holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, and other such activities. Catherine sees what appears to be a phantom in the woods and later, after losing her copybook outside, finds it again with the message "PLEEZ MISS TAKE PITTY I AM COLD." So she and Cassie secretly leave one of the old quilts that Catherine's mother had made for this person. Was it an apprentice who had run away, or perhaps an escaped slave? Also Catherine's father comes back from getting supplies in Boston, MA, with a new wife and her son Daniel. How will Catherine get along with her step-mother and step-brother? Then Cassie becomes seriously ill. What will happen to her? Also Cassie's Aunt Lucy arrives for an extended visit and catches the eye of the local teacher, Mr. Edward Holt. After they eventually marry and move to Exeter, they want Catherine to come stay with them to help take care of their new baby. What will Catherine do?
In one of her final entries, Catherine says, "This year, more than others, has been a lengthy gathering of days, wherein we lived, we loved, were moved; learned how to accept." The book then ends with another letter that Catherine sends to her great-granddaughter dated Dec. 9, 1899, evidently in response to a thank-you note with some questions, in which she ties up a few loose ends. Some people might find the diary-method of telling a story to be boring, but I found A Gathering of Days to be a fascinating account of New England life in the early 1800s, telling both the hardships of pioneer life and its many joys, accurately yet touchingly. The vocabulary, spelling and syntax are old-style and may present difficulties for a few children, but most youngsters, including homeschoolers, should have no problem with them. This very readable book which has nothing objectionable won the Newbery Medal in 1980.