HAVING A VERY HARD TIME GETTING INTO THIS BOOK. OVERALL I DID NOT LIKE IT, HOWEVER, IF I WERE LIVING BACK IN THE EARLY 1900’S I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN A HOMESTEADER. RIGHT NOW I ENJOY HAVING MY OWN GARDEN AND CARING FOR TWO PROPERTIES – NO I DON’T HAVE ANIMALS (YET) BUT MY NEIGHBORS DO – SHEEP, COWS AND CHICKENS – AND SOMETIMES THEY BLOCK THE ROAD ON MY WAY TO A HARRIED WORK LIFE. I THINK I WOULD LIKE A MUCH “SIMPLER” LIFE – BUT WAS IT REALLY?!
From Publishers Weekly
George provides biographical insight into the author of the 1914 pioneer classic Letters of a Woman Homesteader , giving a detailed presentation of Stewart’s previously uncollected letters. Photos.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up–After deciding that city life as a laundress wasn’t for her, Elinore Pruitt, a young widowed mother, accepted an offer to assist with a ranch in Wyoming, work that she found exceedingly more rewarding. In this delightful collection of letters, she describes these experiences to her former employer, Mrs. Coney. Pruitt’s charming descriptions of work, travels, neighbors, animals, land and sky have an authentic feel. The West comes alive, and everyday life becomes captivating. Her writing is clear, witty, and entertaining. The 26 letters are brief and tell about her life on the ranch in the early 1900s. The author frequently and unnecessarily apologizes for being too wordy; she begs forgiveness for many “faults,” like being forgetful, ungrateful, inconsistent and indifferent, all without apparent cause. On occasion, language reflects the racial prejudice of the time. Many times, Pruitt attempts to portray the culturally diverse characters she meets by writing their various dialects as they sound. Kate Fleming’s narration is as smooth as the writing, perfectly transitioning from one accent to the next. She reads with a calm, down-to-earth tone, which suits the writing well.–Kariana Cullen Gonzales, Lincoln Consolidated High School, Ypsilanti, MI
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