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Bobbie Kalman.

Toronto, Crabtree Publishing, c1982.
(Early Settler Life).
64pp, paperbound boards, $11.15 (paperbound boards), $7.95 (paper).
ISBN 0-86505-019-8 (paperbound boards), 0-86505-018-X (paper).

Grades 5 and up.
Reviewed by Susan Traill.

Volume 11 Number 4.
1983 July.

Another in the Early Settler Life series, this volume focuses on the life of children during the4 nineteenth century in North America. Various chapters deal with such topics as childhood toys, diseases, clothes, family life, chores, discipline, and school.

Like other books in this series, Early Settler Children uses a lot of pictures (original photographs from the period, posed photographs, and drawings) to tell its story. Each picture is captioned. Much of the text makes a direct approach to the younger reader, e.g., "Settler children were just like you..."

The informal writing style and the many pictures will make this book appealing and useful to students studying social history of this era, particularly those needing pictures. The volume also makes a good browsing book.

Susan Traill, Meadows E. S., Brandon, MB.
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