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No One Went To Town (May, #1)
‘No one went to town’ is the exciting true story of May Tarrant and her family breaking in a farm in the high steep hills of Taranaki in the North Island of New Zealand in the early 1900’s. It is the first much loved book in the ‘May’ series and was originally published in 1980 and was reprinted several times. In 2017, this book was reprinted.
Published 1980 by Price Milburn Ltd
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New Zealand's answer to Laura Ingalls Wilder ' s Little House on the Prairie, this beautifully written book is an insight into the lives of New Zealand's pioneers. Based on the life of the author's mother, the book describes a year in the life of a colonial family. In the detail familiar to fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Johnston describes the intensive clearing of the land and sowing of grass needed to create land for farming as well as the day to day trials and triumphs - soap making, ...more
A young child's eye view of early pakeha life in NZ in the Stratford area of the North Island. The main presenter , May was born in 1898 and appears to be around 6 or 7 years old in this part of the family's story. The family of 6 at first live in a ponga whare while cutting down trees, raising livestock, hunting , establishing fruit trees and a vegetable garden, making their own soap, bread etc. Life is a constant round of jobs especially when the men build a house with hand sawn timber and ...more
Really interesting novel about turn-of-the-century pioneer-life in NZ. Very day-in-the-life but lots of dramas do happen. It's just there's no over-arching story that really pulls me along. Maybe I'm just too old for it - it is a middle-grade novel - but I did enjoy the 5-year-old narrator, that limited understanding, and Johnston pulls it off: the reader understands more than the narrator. Lots of procedural stuff - how they made bread, how they built a house, how they got supplies, or crossed ...more
A story about NZ history. Settlers out in the bush surviving and making ends meet. It includes really good descriptions of what the family does, things like how they make soap, how they make bread, details about doing the daily chores and what life was like with no amenities. A good story to read to younger kids or as a self read for a young adult. First story in a series.
This is an amazing story about pioneering life in New Zealand and an absolute national treasure. The stories are real biographical accounts with heavy input from the protagonist, May Tarrant. I listened to it read out when I was a kid and it is just as good now, reading out to my kids. If you like Laura Ingalls-Wilder, there is a good chance you will like No One Went To Town. Take care with young children that the stories are less sanitized than Ingalls-Wilder and there are a few parts of the ...more
Phyllis Johnston is a children's writer with a particular interest in New Zealand history. She has been involved in literary organisations for many years, serving as president of Bookrapt (the Bay of Plenty Children's Literature Association) for over two decades. Her stories have appeared in numerous editions of the School Journal and she has taught children’s writing at Waikato University. Her ...more