Cot and Cradle Stories (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)

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Dodo Press, 2009 - 160 pages
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Catharine Parr Traill, nee Strickland (1802-1899) was a British author who wrote about life as a settler in Canada. Traill began writing children's books in 1818. She described her new life in Canada in letters and journals, and collected these into The Backwoods of Canada (1836), which continues to be read as an important source of information about early Canada. More observations were included in a novel, Canadian Crusoes (1851) which was retitled Lost in the Backwoods. She also published The Female Emigrant's Guide (1854), later retitled The Canadian Settler's Guide, about the ability of emigrants to settle down in a new place. Catharine spent her years in Belleville writing about the natural environment. She often sketched the plant life of Upper Canada, publishing Canadian Wild Flowers (1865) and Studies of Plant Life in Canada (1885). She died in Ontario in 1899.

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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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