Kindle Me a Riddle by Roberta Karim
A Pioneer Story

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What is cider before it is cider?
Answer: apples

And what was the wagon road before it was a wagon road?

Answer: a buffalo trail

Constance and Jack and their mama and papa are playing a riddle game that stretches from morning to night, and as they stir up one riddle after another, young readers will delight in puzzling out answers that illuminate the details of daily life for a family of settlers living on the frontier.

What was this book before it was a book?
You can kindle a riddle, too!

"What is a wagon road before it's a wagon road? A buffalo trail, long and deep. . . ." So begin the pioneer riddles that Constance and Papa and then Mama and Jack, too spin into a day-long guessing game of common sense and fun. And once the riddles start, they crackle and pop like kindling aflame. Roberta Karim's fascinating portrait of early American life is illustrated with paintings brimming with energy and authenticity by Bethanne Andersen and includes historical background notes on the facts behind the riddles.

Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2000, National Council fo SS & Child. Book Council


About Roberta Karim

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Born outside Cincinnati, Ohio, Roberta Karim grew up in the country, surrounded by wooded hills, wildflowers, and horses. As a child and young adult, she had the opportunity to travel extensively, visiting 28 countries in all. She graduated from high school at the International School of Brussels in Belgium and spent her first two years of college at John Cabot International College in Rome, Italy. Coming home to reverse culture shock, Roberta graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a bachelor's degree in English Literature. She then proceeded to graduate school at Purdue University, where she earned a master's degree in English Literature and Composition. While at Purdue, Roberta taught Freshman and Remedial Composition, and English as a Second Language. At the other end of the spectrum, she has taught pre-schoolers for 8 years. Pegi Deitz Shea is the author of many books for young readers, such as "Liberty Rising: The Story of the Statue of Liberty," She lives in Connecticut.Bethanne Andersen has illustrated several acclaimed books for children, including "Seven Brave Women," She lives in Boise, Idaho.
Published August 26, 1999 by Greenwillow Books. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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PLB 0-688-16204-5 When young Constance accidentally lets the cabin’s fire die out, her father composes a riddle to cheer her up, spawning a riddle marathon as the entire family participates in creating conundrums.

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In this chipper and informative picture book, Karim (Mandy Sue Day) and Andersen (Seven Brave Women) transport readers to 1850s Utah for a glimpse at family life in a brave new world.

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