Weaver's Daughter by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Weaver’s Daughter, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, is a great story for mothers and daughters to share together!
Every fall Lizzy gets sick…very sick and no one knows why. Each year it gets worse and worse. It’s 1791, and doctors are expensive and hard to come by, and her family does not know what to do. Lizzy just knows that she won’t be able to get better when it happens again this year. What did families do back then when their children were sick? They didn’t know about asthma and allergies.
Imagine, having asthma and not even knowing what it was. Why are you having trouble breathing? Why can’t you run and play like your sisters? Imagine, you have allergies but you don’t know what that means, either. And the allergies make the asthma even worse! It’s so hard to breathe, but worst of all, you don’t know what it is that you have or how to treat it! And your family doesn’t know that being around the weaving looms--which is how they make a living--is the worst thing possible for you.
This is a great story that gives us a little look at what it’s like to be a child with asthma and allergies and also how it was handled back in the 1790’s.