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Homespun Sarah

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  15 reviews
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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Jul 21, 2010 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.)
Andria Davis
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Sarah and her family's daily life in the 1700s. It is written in short verses that rhyme and goes through her day, from the types of clothes she wears to bed to the chores she does on the farm and in the house to her mother sewing her clothes.

I liked this book because it really depicts the kind of lifestyle the characters had during this time. The words are easy to understand and written in a way beginning readers would also be able to read them. The p
Lovely rhyming verse about the life of a young girl in the colonial period. Authors note in the beginning of story is particularly helpful and interesting.
Jun 25, 2011 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
Apr 15, 2014 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).
Nov 30, 2007 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).
Sep 03, 2015 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.
Feb 19, 2014 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.
Sep 17, 2014 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.
poem, rhyme, flowing good word choice
Aug 05, 2013 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 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, picture-book
Very good descriptions of Pioneers and their lifestyle
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My review here.
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like the verse. It's very simple.
Feb 25, 2015 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!
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