Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Diary Of An Early American Boy

Continuing with the Early American and everyday life flow here is a classic in that genre. I'll let some reviewers do the talking, "This is an excellent book for kids and adults. The book is fully illustrated with drawings that detail how things were built and how they worked. They capture kid's attention better than "Where's Waldo?", but unlike that meaningless book, there's a lot to be learned from this little gem. I read this book while visiting my mother in her Connecticut country home. It was the perfect place to read it as I suddenly made sense of the street names like Old Mill Road and Stoneboat Road. Eric Sloane paints an intoxicating portrait of a boy's coming of age and falling in love with the girl next door (even if next door was over the meadow and through the woods) in the earliest years of the 19th century. Life was a focus on survival, when your days were spent working your land for all the fruits that it bears to sustain you and your family. Close bonds form with neighbors and community is not only important, but a way of life. Aside from being a true (if admittedly embellished) story, it is an intense study of life at that time. How we made and used our tools; the many properties and uses of wood; how the farmer's almanac was an indispensible item in every household. You learn great little triva facts in every chapter, such as... Did you know every house was allowed only ten panes of window glass... if they had more, they would have to pay a stiff tax on each pane. Here's a slide show sample


Anonymous said...

I notice that you used the word genre. Wassup with you?


Anonymous said...

In that review the writer uses "intoxicating". That's good!
I'll have to work that in somewhere


Anonymous said...

How's this: Her mini lesson was so intoxicating


Muhammad Singh (better known as hack # 6H45) said...

I find the genre of this blog to be intoxicating.

David Bellel said...

thanks muhammad (that's my brother-in-law)