A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840

by Barbara Greenwood
Illustrator Heather Collins

Kids Can Press | September 1, 1998 | Trade Paperback

A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840 is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Meet the Robertsons, a pioneer family living on a backwoods farm. Their story begins in spring, when the hardships of winter are over and new chores are beginning. Readers follow the Robertson family through the year, until winter closes around them. Factual information and highly detailed drawings of daily life accompany each story and expand on what children have just read. This book is a comprehensive classroom resource.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 9.06 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: September 1, 1998

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550741284

ISBN - 13: 9781550741285

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Have Reason for Reading: Read aloud to the 9yo as part of our history curriculum. Comments: Follows the daily life of a pioneer family, the Robertsons, living on a backwoods farm in Southern Ontario in 1840 from spring to New Years. Along with Ma and Pa, the family consists of two elder children (brother & sister), two younger children (brother & sister), a baby and Granny from Scotland. Told in the third person, the story is given alternately from the younger sister and brother's points of view making the book accessible to both boys and girls. The story itself is very quaint and charming, told in episodic format and can be compared to one of the early Laura Ingalls Wilder books. The illustrations are very detailed drawings done in dark brown and sepia tones; very complimentary to the text. What makes this book a little extra special is that between each chapter is a non-fiction section which describes some of the topics brought up in the story such as maple sugaring, shearing sheep, house raising, threshing, guns, the traveling preacher, etc. Also in this section are crafts to make using either pioneer techniques or making items similar to what the pioneers used. These are simple to do but will take a trip to the store to purchase not necessarily just laying around the house items. An excellent book. This is the second time I've read it and it is one of the better Canadian history books out there. Thankfully the publishers recognise this also and have kept this book in print for so long, not an easy feat for a Canadian kids' history book. Certainly worth buying if you have more than one child and a must for a homeschool library. There are two sequels which follow the Robertsons through the holidays: A Pioneer Thanksgiving A Pioneer Christmas The book has also been given an American work over (the setting has simply been changed to upstate New York and any Canadian references and spelling Americanized) and a new title A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840. Recommended!
Date published: 2009-09-19

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A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840

by Barbara Greenwood
Illustrator Heather Collins

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 9.06 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: September 1, 1998

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550741284

ISBN - 13: 9781550741285

From the Publisher

Meet the Robertsons, a pioneer family living on a backwoods farm. Their story begins in spring, when the hardships of winter are over and new chores are beginning. Readers follow the Robertson family through the year, until winter closes around them. Factual information and highly detailed drawings of daily life accompany each story and expand on what children have just read. This book is a comprehensive classroom resource.

About the Author

Barbara Greenwood is an award-winning author whose books include Gold Rush Fever, The Last Safe House and A Pioneer Thanksgiving. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Heather Collins has been illustrating children's books for more than 20 years. Her body of work includes many nonfiction books, such as the award-winning A Pioneer Story and Out Came the Sun. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

From Our Editors

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a child in pioneer days? Travel back in time with Sarah and Willy Robertson in A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840. You'll learn how to spin wool and make butter, learn how to build a log cabin, make a homemade fiddle and lots more. Enjoy an exciting mixture of fact and fiction in a valuable book for kids of all ages.

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12