A Step Back In Time

This week we’re discussing books from our childhood. I was obsessed with history when I was younger. I blame my dad who was always reading cowboy books or watching cowboy movies when we spent a relaxing weekend at home. I absolutely loved exploring the farm and often wondered what it would have been like to be a pioneer just settling the land and trying to start fresh on the wild frontier.

The book that left the biggest impression on me when I was younger was Sacajawea by Anna L. Waldo. This hefty book belonged to my dad and I borrowed it the summer between fifth and sixth grade. I longed to know more about Native Americans. Knowing that my dad’s family had Cherokee blood running through our veins (I was fascinated when I saw the census but that’s another story) pushed me to read many books about Native Americans. I devoured books about The Trail of Tears and several fiction books about different tribes. Anyway, this book pulled me into its world that summer. I remember crying during some very emotional parts of the story. This was an account of Sacajawea’s life not just her journey with Lewis and Clark though that was also in the book. They never would have made it without her. Still to this day I recall this book with a mix of emotions. I absolutely love this story and how incredibly well written it is but there is also a sadness that comes from knowing the struggles that she had to endure.

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As for a book I would love to read again. Well, I currently am reading the series again. The Little House on the Prairie series. I remember the first time I read these books I was borrowing them from my grandma June’s library. I would select a book and go out to the deck to read or sometimes I would lay by the fireplace and read. I traveled back in time with this series. Then when I was eight I received the entire series for my birthday from Grandma June and the cookbook from Grandma Bierman. I was such a happy little girl. My parents bought a bonnet for me and I would run around the farm barefoot pretending that I was on the frontier with Laura. I read the series several times through the years. The last time I read them was 8 years ago. I read them aloud to my oldest two children causing my daughter to fall in love with the books and my son to become obsessed with the television series. Now that my youngest is in second grade we’re reading the books together. I have to admit there are times I want to read ahead after he falls asleep because I know how amazing these books are, but I have to force my attention somewhere else because we’re truly enjoying sharing this series together. Once again I have the entire series and the cookbook (thanks to my children getting them for me on my latest birthday). My little Wyatt is loving going through the cookbook and trying things that are mentioned in the books. This series is the one that really made me fall in love with the written word, the one that made me realize I wanted to be an author. This may be why these books hold such a special place in my heart and no matter how often I read them they never lose their appeal.

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Do you have a book from your childhood that really pulled you in?

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About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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12 Responses to A Step Back In Time

  1. Lucy Kubash says:

    I also loved reading the Little House series to my daughter when she was small. She grew up loving it and has read it over many times since. I recently bought the book Caroline about Ma Ingalls. She told me it’s very interesting to see the family from the mother’s perspective. Books that may have inspired me to want to write were A Lantern in her Hand and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I read them both as a young girl and also fell in love with the written word.

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    • I have read a few books about Laura’s daughter but just did not fall in love with them the same way I did the original series.
      I don’t think I have read A Lantern in Her Hand or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I’ll have to look those up.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    I may have mentioned earlier — in a different context than 4F1H — that I’d read a few books featuring Sacajewa. The most “informative” — because it was based considerably on the actual journals of Lewis and Clark — was a fictionalized (but, I believe, pretty accurate) “diary” by Sacajewa. In other words, the author assembled all the known facts from the contemporary accounts and replayed them through Sacajewa’s own eyes. Then put it in her own words, as though it were a diary. Wish I could remember the name of that book.

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    • That sounds interesting. The one I mention in this post covers from her childhood when she first gets separated from her family all the way through her journey with Lewis and Clark and then gives a glimpse of her life after the journey.

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  3. I didn’t read the Little House books until I read them to my sons when they were young:we inhaled them! I love to hear about Wyatt and his continual interest in cooking! I got an American Girl cookbook,among others, (like Star Wars), for my granddaughters.
    I thought for many years that we, also, had Cherokee blood, and became very interested in the history and stories of all the Peoples of America .That seems to be a mistake in the family, though. No one can find reference or proof, and the family members who have taken DNA tests have not shown any Indian blood.

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    • It can be difficult to find proof. We were lucky that we found the census records but that took endless months of searching. I want to do a DNA test because I think it would be fun to see what matches up with the family trees we have pieced together.
      I am sure your granddaughters will love their gifts. Wyatt spent a lot of his break from school baking. On New Year’s Eve he helped his grandma make a gingerbread man pizza pocket.

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  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’ve always loved reading historical novels – I started with the Little House series during grade school then graduated to Caddie Woodlawn and biographies later on. I suppose that’s why I enjoy writing them now!

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  5. Lisa Orchard says:

    I loved the Little House on the Prairie Series and the Boxcar Children. I loved to read and I still do. I think a couple of my other favorites were “Where the Red Fern Grows” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Awesome stories!

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