Lois Lenski – Author Highlight

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Lois Lenski was born October 14th, 1893. She has written many books including those highlighted below. On a personal note, Indian Captive was one of my all time favourite read alouds! This book, based on the true story of Mary Jemison who was captured and raised by the Seneca people, in my view was very balanced, informative and engaging. It was one of those books that my children begged for more chapters and I was very happy to oblige, as I myself wanted to know what would happen next! It is perfect for your Grade 4 student and the study of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (as the Seneca were part of the greater Iroquois Nation).

Indian Captive
Indian Captive

Mary Jemison has been captured by a Shawnee war party! How will she survive? When twelve-year-old Mary Jemison and her family are captured by Shawnee raiders, she’s sure they’ll all be killed. Instead, Mary is separated from her siblings and traded to two Seneca sisters, who adopt her and make her one of their own. Mary misses her home, but the tribe is kind to her. She learns to plant crops, make clay pots, and sew moccasins, just as the other members do. Slowly, Mary realizes that the Indians are not the monsters she believed them to be. When Mary is given the chance to return to her world, will she want to leave the tribe that has become her family?   This Newbery Honor book is based on the true story of Mary Jemison, the pioneer known as the “White Woman of the Genesee.”   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lois Lenski including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

Strawberry Girl
Strawberry Girl

How can Birdie’s family grow strawberries when the neighbors let their cows into the berry fields? Birdie and her family are trying to build a farm in Florida. But it’s not easy with the heat, droughts, and cold snaps—and neighbors that don’t believe in fences. But Birdie won’t give up on her dream of strawberries, and her family won’t let those Slaters drive them from their home!   This Newberry Medal–winning novel presents a realistic picture of life on the Florida frontier.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lois Lenski including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

Judy's Journey
Judy’s Journey

Judy lives in a tent with her family. Will they ever be able to afford a farm with a real house? Ten-year-old Judy and her family are migrants, moving from farm to farm with each new season. Starting in Alabama, they travel to Florida and up the East Coast all the way to New Jersey, always looking for steady work. Every time Judy feels as if they’re beginning to put down roots, they have to move on. It’s hard for her to catch up in school; it’s hard to make and keep friends. Judy likes the people she meets along the way, but she longs for a real home. Will her family ever have a farm of their own?   Judy’s Journey is a realistic depiction of the life of migrant farm workers in the mid-1900s.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lois Lenski including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

Texas Tomboy
Texas Tomboy

The entire ranch is thirsty—will the rains ever come? Tomboy Charlie loves the ranch and the outdoors, especially now that she has a horse of her own and can ride like a true cowboy. She doesn’t understand why her mother keeps after her to help out in the house, too. But ranch life is hard, especially when there’s a drought. There isn’t enough water for the crops or cattle, and horrible dust storms sweep away the soil. If it doesn’t rain soon, her family could lose everything. Charlie must learn that on a ranch, everyone’s job is important if they are to survive—and that a good cowboy always obeys orders.   This classic story depicts Texas ranch life during the droughts of the early twentieth century, as one girl tries to find her place in the world.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lois Lenski including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

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