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The Sod House by Elizabeth Coatsworth
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Jun 18, 12

Read in June, 2012

Wow. Themes of freedom & faith & friendship & courage & honor, exciting conflicts with political opponents and with nature, instructions on how to set up housekeeping on the unbroken prairie, a brave & delightful young girl, terrific pictures that illuminate the text, and a note on the history, all in 64 pages of a story that would be ideal to share with the whole family.

Did you know that Kansas was a pivotal state leading up to the Civil War, to the extent that settlers were moving there as activists even if they weren't farmers, and to the extent that the settlers would cause harm to one another to try to send them fleeing back East? (view spoiler)

I didn't know that. I have no idea why the only Coatsworth book that is accessible is the silly Buddhist Cat. The other works by her that I've tracked down are richer and truer. This one doesn't have the poetry between the chapters - it just flies along as an exciting story.

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