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Warm As Wool by Scott Russell Sanders

Warm As Wool

by Scott Russell Sanders

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Based upon the true life story of pioneer woman Betsy Ward who was the first to own sheep in an obscure village in Randolph Township, Ohio.

Living in a warm, well-lit house, surrounded by wonderful books and personal items, it is difficult to imagine the hard life of pioneers. Living in cabins where the wind whips through the clay between the logs, where hard work is a supreme necessity, and where the family unit hopes fate does not deal a cruel blow, somehow, these brave people survived.

With last year's clothes patched and thread bare, the mother saved coins to purchase sheep. Because wolves killed two, the sheep then lived in the cabin with the family. Even so, of the eight original, only three survived. One, a ewe, gave birth to lambs which then grew to have more lambs. Eventually, the mother was able to make wool into clothes.

While the story is simple, the illustrations are lovely. ( )
  Whisper1 | Jan 2, 2016 |
46 months - Thought this would be a good read to follow a Little House book. Based on a true story of pioneer hardship. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
Story of a settler family surviving in their new home in Ohio during a bitter winter. Based loosely on the true story of the Ward family. Wonderful story that illustrates the importance of hard work and skills required for survival during the period.
  frances2791 | Aug 16, 2011 |
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Betsy Ward's three children are cold. It is 1803, and they have traveled by covered wagon to the dark woods of Ohio. After the family shivers through the icy first winter in a drafty log cabin, Betsy is determined to get wool to make warm clothing for the children. She seizes upon a chance to buy eight bedraggled sheep. But it's harder than she expected to raise sheep on the frontier. Will Betsy be able to keep her sheep alive? Scott Russell Sanders tells the dramatic story of a pioneer mother's struggle to provide for her family.

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When Betsy Ward's family moves to Ohio from Connecticut in 1803, she brings along a sockful of coins to buy sheep so that she can gather wool, spin cloth, and make clothes to keep her children warm.

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