The New Land - A First Year on the Prairie.
Marilynn Reynolds. Illustrated by Stephen McCallum.
Review by Joan Payzant.
**** / 4
The next job was to build a house. Father drove Big Red and Mike into town for supplies. The oxen moved as slowly as snails, and when they were tired, they lay down to rest and wouldn't get up until they felt like moving again. Six days later they came home with a load of lumber for the new house.
From the start of the journey showing the family on a steamship waving good-bye until the coming of spring after a long lonely winter in their sod hut, The New Land explains exactly how members of a pioneer family went about adapting their lives to prairie homesteading. It covers early railways, country stores, covered wagons, ox teams, wildlife, water divining, house building, preparations for winter and finally the joy of spring.
The New Land is a grand example of the attractive books now available to Canadian children.
Joan Payzant, a retired teacher and teacher-librarian, lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, which is now part of HRM or Halifax Regional Municipality.
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