More Old Tales of the Maine Woods by Steve Pinkham
From his phenomenal collection of over 25,000 articles and stories of the Maine Woods, Steve Pinkham has selected more of the most exciting old hunting and fishing tales, as well as stories of animal encounters, lumbering, canoe trips and tall tales for this sequel to Old Tales of the Maine Woods. Ranging from 1845 to 1905, this book also covers the Maine Woods from Magalloway to Moosehead and Mopang to Madawaska. Most people know that Thoreau went to Maine several times, wrote eloquently about his travels and coined the phrase "Maine Woods." Now for the reader will get to read more stories by many more known and unknown men and women who also travelled to northern Maine and wrote about their experiences of penned fictional stories set in the backwoods. Included are brief biographies and portraits of the known writers. For the unknown authors, Pinkham has included appropriate pictures. In his first volume, Pinkham included histories of each region; for this volume he has included many early bits of fascinating information for each chapter.
"I heard it coming a mile away, chasing chickens and scattering hay. Through Uncle Ben s General Feed Store, (lucky for him, he had opened the door). Over the fence, the airplane appeared, driving a stampede of panicking steer". Thus begins this delightfully illustrated children s book Barnstorming, The second of the Uncle Tom books by Uncle Tom Merriam. Full of rhythm and rhyme, and just plain fun, Barnstorming is great to read to younger children and just as much fun for older children to read aloud.
This is the endearing story of Little Chief, a young bison, who is chosen to replace a retiring elder at Beech Hill Farm and Bison Ranch. He is unsure about leaving his friends, moving to a new place, and coping with the journey. To his surprise, Little Chief is warmly greeted at his new location by a chicken named Abigail Frizzle. He is put to ease by her kindness and desire to make him feel welcome. Little Chief quickly learns that it only takes on friend to make you feel at home! Parents and educators will enjoy discussing this story by award-winning children's author, Robin Taylor-Chiarello and illustrator, Lisa Bohart.
Written by Robin Chiarello, illustrated by Steven Lester "Limbo" has already won the Mom's Choice award. It is a great and simple book for children. Speaking of some of America's darkest history, the simple text helps children visualize and see the challenges one can over come and how a lovely woman from our local Fryeburg can provide grace and honor in the end. The illustrations are beautiful. The message can teach the next generation.