Farm Life

The Gristmill

By Bobbie Kalman

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Early pioneers would travel from far and wide to visit the gristmill for the essential service of having their grain ground. Communities often developed in areas where gristmills had been built.
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The Seventeenth Child

By Dorothy Marie Rice & Lucille Mabel Walthall Payne

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The oral history of the seventeenth child of black sharecroppers, describing her life in Virginia and New Jersey during the Depression.

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Ruthie's Gift

By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Just before the beginning of World War I, eight-year-old Ruthie, who lives with her parents and six brothers on a farm in Indiana, wishes for a sister and tries to behave like the lady her mother wants her to be. J Fic Bra
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Alvin, Recollections and Reflections

By John Harding, Jr.

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Though listed in our catalog as fiction, this biography interweaves much truth in its retelling of the life of Alvin "Stack" Wormley, an actual person born in 1912 in the Northen Neck. He worked as a farmer, fisherman, oysterman, in a canning factory and fought in World War II. The author knew and liked this man and set down some of his many conversations with him. After Alvin Wormley's death, John Harding, Jr. interviewed his friends and relatives to better tell the tale of an upstanding, uncommon man.
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Stafford County

By De'Onne C. Scott

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Fascinating photos of people and places from Stafford's past.
Part of the Images of America series.

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Moses the Kitten

By James Herriot

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A bedraggled orphaned kitten is nursed back to health on a Yorkshire farm and when he recovers turns out to have a very unusual idea about the identity of his mother.

Suggested for ages 6 - 12

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Apple Valley Year

By Ann Turner

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The Clark family keeps busy through all four seasons at their apple orchard, pruning dead branches at the end of winter, carrying the beehives among the trees in May, propping up branches heavy with summer fruit, and harvesting the apples in the fall.

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April Foolishness

By Teresa Bateman

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The kids try to convince their no-nonsense Grandpa that the farm animals are running wild in this silly rhyming book.

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The Farm Summer: 1942

By Donald Hall

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A young boy spends the summer on his grandparents' farm in New Hampshire while his mother works in the war effort in New York and his father serves on a destroyer in the Pacific.

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Everything Is Different at Nonna's House

By Caron Lee Cohen

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A young boy describes the differences between his home in the city and life on his grandparents' farm and learns that no matter where he is their love for him is always the same. [Book description]
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