Now that school is just around the corner, it’s time to think of books that could be used to study how pioneers out in the American West made everything from scratch. Back then you couldn’t run to the supermarket because there weren’t any.
An excellent book for how they lived is LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the tale of the Ingalls family’s life in Wisconsin.
Pioneer life was hard. When Laura’s ma wanted to make cheese she waited until the cows were producing abundant milk and that happened when they had plenty of grass to eat. And then….
“Somebody must kill a calf, for cheese could not be made without rennet and rennet is the lining of a young calf’s stomach.” P. 186 LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS.
Laura was afraid that Pa would kill one of their calves but Uncle Henry agreed to kill one of his instead.
If you live near Pepin, Wisconsin you could visit Laura’s birthplace during the annual festival held this year September 14-15, 2013.