Growing Seasons by Elsie Lee Splear

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Elsie Lee Splear grew up on a farm in the early part of the 20th century. With the help of her daughter, Carolyn, Elsie tells what life was like for her and her sisters: the hard work they did making their own soap, churning butter, canning fruits, butchering meat, and much more. Everything had a season but as the years turned, a few, small changes came to their lives.

As it opens a window onto a personal slice of American history, this gentle, moving story portrays a way of life that seems both distant and familiar. Ken Stark, who was a friend of Elsie's, displays his clear love of the land in each picture.

About Elsie Lee Splear

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PAT HUGHES is the author of two historical novels. She lives outside Philadelphia. KEN STARK has written and/or illustrated three previous picture books. He lives in southwestern Wisconsin.
Published June 19, 2000 by Putnam Juvenile. 33 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Born on an Illinois farm in 1906, Splear describes a hard-working but satisfying life as one of four sisters in a tenant farming family.

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Splear (1906-1996) used a series of notebooks to record her family's life on the small Illinois farms where she and her three sisters grew up. There is no story line, just a series of windows onto a r

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Whether he is showing the four girls wading in a creek or men on threshing day, he bathes his nostalgic compositions in a glow of contentment, manifesting an optimistic faith in a well-done day's labor.

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