A Window into History: Family Memory in Children's by Eleanor MacDonald

By Eleanor MacDonald

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A young daughter is left behind and retrieved by a following train. Near the end of the journal, Amelia casually mentions the birth of her eighth child. This dramatic but low-key account is illustrated with colored scratchboard drawings that add details and dimension. They clearly show the heavily loaded wagons, stolid oxen, and busy family (who appear more vigorous than attractive in these pictures). The physical difficulties of crossing rivers, climbing 34 A Window into History: Family Memory in Children's Literature ...............................................................................................................................................

Pa has been talking about Texas as long as 12-year-old Jericho can remember, feeding his dreams with letters from Uncle Dan who joined the fight against Mexico as a teenager and stayed to farm the rich, black prairie lands. Though Grandpa Fitch warns against the move, Pa worries about a future for his four sons, and when Uncle Dan finds a farm for sale, decides to give Texas a try. They are joined by Eli, a 20-year-old who is returning to Texas and agrees to guide them and share expenses. Because they must harvest and sell their last crop, the journey begins in October, a bad time to travel, as frequent storms and winter are on the way.

Do you know anyone who plays the traditional instruments of the country? Perhaps they will let you make a recording of this music. Make notes on the information you find and compile a collection of personal and family favorites from the music you have found. 2. Does anyone in your family remember the traditional dances from their countries of origin? If possible, have family members or someone in your community show you how to do some of these dances. If you can’t find someone to teach you personally, you can find videotapes of folk dancing and recordings with music and dance instructions in the library.

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