To celebrate the upcoming Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, enjoy these “Frozen Frontier” reads, available at the Abington Community Library.
• Young children will enjoy the picture book “Apples to Oregon,” written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. When Papa decides to move from Iowa to Oregon, not only does he bring his family along the trail, but his fruit trees too. Will both family and plants thrive in Oregon soil?
• “Yippee-Yay! A Book About Cowboys and Cowgirls” by Gail Gibbons is sure to entertain. Learn what a cowboy wore, how he lived, and what life was like in the untamed West.
• Interested in pioneer life? Read “Daily Life in a Covered Wagon” by Paul Erickson to get a glimpse into what pioneers encountered on their treacherous journeys. Includes captivating photographs and illustrations.
• For a true “taste” of pioneer life, try cooking up some recipes from “The Little House Cookbook” by Barbara M. Walkers, inspired by the classic Little House stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Try basics like cornbread, food from the garden like mashed turnips, and special treats like vanity cakes.
• In “The Horse and the Plains Indians” by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, find out how the Plains Indians survived as hunters and warriors. Follow this story of a powerful partnership that began in the sixteenth century and continues still today.
• American fashion has certainly changed and developed over the years. Learn what was both fashionable and practical for cowboys, railroad men, Great Basin peoples, pioneer women, and more in “Calico Dresses and Buffalo Robes” by Katherine Krohn. Covering the period of the 1840s to the 1890s, this book takes a look at the materials and styles that were representative of this time in the American West.
• Middle-grade readers will jump right into the wild story of Simon Green in “The Great Turkey Walk” by Kathleen Karr. Simon intends to herd a huge flock of turkeys all the way from Missouri to Denver to sell. In this Wild West adventure, Simon and his crew will encounter turkey rustlers, drought, and even raining grasshoppers.
• Born into slavery in 1854, Nat Love grew up to become the most famous African-American cowboy in the Old West. Get caught up in the adventure and pick up “Best Shot in the West,” a graphic novel written by Patricia and Frederick McKissack and illustrated by Randy Duburke.
Laura Gardoski is head of youth services at the Abington Community Library. Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.