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Homespun Sarah

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Sarah's life in Colonial Pennsylvania is anything but easy. She and her family have to grow, raise, and make everything they need-including their clothes. The time and effort that takes means that nothing is replaced until it's absolutely necessary. As Sarah helps plant flax and raise sheep throughout the year, her one dress gets tighter and tighter. But in the nick of tim ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 14th 2003 by Putnam Juvenile (first published 2003)
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RPBYS
Aug 18, 2010 RPBYS rated it it was amazing
Another great book from Verla Kay. Tight rhyming verses paired with evocative, homey watercolor illustrations. Adults can use the author's note in the beginning as an extension activity to talk to children/students about "the olden days." (Not owned by RPB; put on hold.)
Kathryn
Apr 15, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
I love how Kay subverts sentence structure, often switching the predicate and subject, and that though fragmented, each sentence has distinct meaning. She also almost always flips the tag by putting the speaker tag before the dialogue, which I love because it goes against everything you're taught about creative writing. She breaks every rule, but she does it so well you don't even notice (unless you're looking for it).
Rebecca
Sep 03, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Spare rhyming words and active watercolors by Ted Rand tell the story of a young girl's day on a 1700s Pennsylvania farm. There is a lot more here than you may initially realize, especially if you read the Author's Note at the beginning. This is a straightforward look at the hard work of farm life and survival in pioneer days.
Dolly
Jun 25, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun and educational story about life in the 1700s in early colonial times. The rhyming narrative and colorful illustrations depict the various facets of day-to-day life and the difficulties experienced by early settlers. I like that the story of the young girl outgrowing the one dress she has is woven throughout the tale we really liked the ending. Our youngest could emphathize with the younger sister getting hand-me-downs from her older sister. We found this book at our local library ...more
Melissa
Feb 25, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I love Ted Rand, the illustrator, and I can't believe the author made the whole thing rhyme! I learned something and had fun reading it aloud. A great book!
Shannon
Sep 17, 2014 Shannon rated it it was amazing
This was my 6 year old's favorite of the books we read about Colonial America. I love how it showed how much work goes into creating a new dress.
Shawna
Nov 30, 2007 Shawna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 2nd-5th grade
This book that gives the chilren a fairly accurate depiction of what living in the the West was like could be used in so many ways. You could use it with any Social Studies unit as a poetry extension or a short way to show how hard it was to live and take care of the farms. It could used along with Traveling trunks and the National Park Trunks you could also use it in conjuntion with a lesson on how working hard and the benefits of it (the dress).
Robin Rousu
Dec 27, 2014 Robin Rousu rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite historical fiction picture books. Simple and delightful, without glossing things over too much. Lively watercolors by Rand add a lot of character and period detail. Highly recommended for ages 4-7.
Amy!
Aug 22, 2012 Amy! rated it liked it
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My review here.
Melanie
Aug 05, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it
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Loved the poetry and the illustrations in this story about a pioneer girl.
Courtney Bemiller
Sep 05, 2012 Courtney Bemiller rated it it was amazing
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Very good descriptions of Pioneers and their lifestyle
Lorena
Feb 28, 2013 Lorena rated it really liked it
I like the verse. It's very simple.
Katie
poem, rhyme, flowing good word choice
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