Date: July 2003
Reviewed: Trade Paperback
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Children / Nonfiction
Lister Comes Home
By Reg Quist
Lister Comes Home is a book of reminiscing about the "good
old days," the horse and buggy era and the ushering in of modern
times. Reg Quist comes from a heritage of prairie pioneers and was
a child during the great depression and World War II. Here he tells
today's kids how ice was cut from the rivers and lakes, and preserved
in a large building under sawdust, to be delivered by horse and
buggy to homes without refrigeration in the summer.
Kids will learn how people worked
and played together in a warm, loving family atmosphere, and the
phrase "I'm bored!" had not yet been invented. Television
and cell phones were yet to come, and water was heated on a wood
stove to wash clothes by hand, or if the mom was lucky, in a washing
machine in the basement. The clean clothes were always hung outdoors
on a clothesline, and they smelled wonderful.
Dad or Mom wouldn't remember these
times, but maybe Grandpa and Grandma would.
book gives kids a great view of what everyday life was like in this
historical period. Illustrated with wonderful black and white period
photographs from the author's past.
I highly recommend this book to supplement
your child's knowledge of history. Read it together as a family
project. It's sure to generate interesting conversations about what
used to be.