Pearls and Pebbles

Framsida
Dundurn, 15 nov. 1999 - 211 sidor

How fitting to close out the 20th century with a brand new edition of Pearls & Pebbles by the noted chronicler of pioneer life, Catharine Parr Traill. Published in 1894, Pearls & Pebbles is an unusual book with a lasting charm, in which the author's broad focus ranges from the Canadian natural environment to early settlement of Upper Canada. Through Traill's eyes, we see the life of the pioneer woman, the disappearance of the forest, and the corresponding changes in the life of the Native Canadians who have inhabited that forest.

Editor Elizabeth Thompson reminds us of the significance of the writings by Traill, the aged author/naturalist, who felt that the hours spent gathering the pebbles and pearls from her notebooks and journals written in the backwoods of Canada was not time wasted.

 

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PREFACE
3
PLEASANT DAYS OF MY CHILDHOOD
5
A REMINISCENCE
9
MEMORIES OF A MAY MORNING
14
ANOTHER MAY MORNING
21
MORE ABOUT MY FEATHERED FRIENDS
32
A DEFENSE
45
NOTES FROM MY OLD DIARY
49
THOUGHTS ON VEGETABLE INSTINCT
109
SOME CURIOUS PLANTS
115
SOME VARIETIES OF POLLEN
120
THE CRANBERRY MARSH
123
OUR NATIVE GRASSES
126
INDIAN GRASS
132
MOSSES AND LICHENS
136
THE INDIAN MOSS BAG
141

THE SPIDER
58
PROSPECTING AND WHAT I FOUND IN MY DIGGING
62
THE ROBIN AND THE MIRROR
65
IN THE CANADIAN WOODS
67
THE FIRST DEATH IN THE CLEARING
82
ALONE IN THE FOREST
90
ON THE ISLAND OF MINNEWAWA
99
THE CHILDREN OF THE FOREST
103
SOMETHING GATHERS UP THE FRAGMENTS
144
APPENDIX A
151
APPENDIX B
181
APPENDIX C
183
ENDNOTES
187
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
199
INDEX
203
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Catherine Parr Traill was born in Kent, England on January 9, 1802. She was educated at her home and began to write when she was fifteen years of age. Her first children's book was published in 1818. She wrote many juvenile works including Disobedience, or Mind What Mama Says and Happy Because Good, which were published without her name, and sold very well. In 1832, she married Lieutenant Thomas Traill. They emigrated to Canada and settled in Douro, Ontario, in 1833. After arriving in Canada, she contributed to several periodicals including Chambers's Journal and Sharpe's London Magazine. She also published several books including The Backwoods of Canada; The Female Emigrant's Guide, and Hints on Canadian Housekeeping; The Canadian Settlers' Guide; Canadian Crusoes; Ramblings in the Canadian Forest; Stories of the Canadian Forests; Canadian Wild Flowers; Studies of Plant Life in Canada; Pearls and Pebbles; and Afar in the Forest. She died on August 29, 1899.

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