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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Read-Aloud: Calico Bush

I'm joining many of my Crew friends in Blogging Through the Alphabet.

One of my favorite parts of homeschooling when my children were younger was read-aloud time. I loved snuggling up on the couch after lunch to devour a good book. My theme for this trip through the alphabet is read-alouds.
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C is for Calico Bush by Rachel Field

Marguerite Ledoux was only 13 years old when she promised her service as a bound-out girl to the Sargent family for 6 years in exchange for food and a place to live. She ends up with the family in the northern part of Maine, where they have to struggle through a harsh winter and threats of Indian attacks. Maggie, as the Sargent children call her, also struggles with her new life - no family, none of the familiar traditions she grew up with. 

This book was a Newberry Honor Book. Set in 1743, it's a great companion to a study of the settling of America, allowing for discussions on being an indentured servant, life in the wilderness during this time period, relations between settlers and Native Americans, and more.

This is a great read-aloud for 3rd grade and older.


  1. I have requested this book from my library! Thanks!

  2. This looks really interesting. I have never heard of it, nor of the author. Thanks for another good one to add to my list of read aloud options. I'll have to look and see if our library has it.


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