Glorious Fourth of July and Other Stories from the Plains by Catherine Gibson & Mary Sprague
Living through everyday childhood exploits with a large spark of imagination, a young girl grows up on the American plains. Catherine survives a cyclone and a small pox epidemic. Her youth is filled with new sights as her world expands to the Montana frontier and the metropolis of Saint Paul, Minnesota. As the storyteller, Catherine gives insight into a bygone era with child-like enthusiasm and a reflective nature brought on by the passing years. In recounting these episodes from Catherine's childhood, her daughter Mary Gibson Sprague shares a narrative common to many plains families that migrated throughout the U.S. at the beginning of the twentieth century. The tales take on new life as they are paired with paintings created by Catherine in her adult years. These "memory paintings," as she named them, call readers back to a time when birthday parties were new celebrations and children relied on their own ingenuity to occupy themselves.
Hardcover: 71 pages
Reading age: 8 - 11 years