Caleb and Anna's mother has died.
Their father has found a mail-order
bride who will travel from Maine and
decide whether to live with the family
on the prairie. Sarah tells the
children all about living near the
Ocean on the east coast. At the end of
a month she will decide if she will
stay and marry the children's father.
Sarah has much to learn about pioneer
life on the prairie.
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Geography & Math Connection. Draw
a map showing the route that Sarah may have
taken from Maine to Kansas. Calculate the
distance. How long would it take to do the same
trip today in a car or an airplane? How much
would it cost?
Prairie Life. Compare and contrast
life in Kansas with life in Maine. Pretend that
you live in Kansas or Maine. Write a persuasive
letter trying to convince someone to come and
visit. Compare life on a farm during Sarah's
time with life on the farm today.
Oceans. Sarah thought a lot about the
sea coast. Draw or paint a picture in Kidpix
that Sarah could put on her wall to remind her
of the sea. Include pictures from the sea coast
as Sarah described it. Write a poem to go with
Prairie Wildflowers. Make a list of
all the flowers mentioned in the book. Write a
description of each flower. Use the Native
Wildflowers site to find information on the
Prairie Violet, Prairie Wild Rose, Purple
Prairie Clover, Daisy, Ragwort, and
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