Pearls and Pebbles

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Dundurn, 1999 M11 15 - 211 páginas

How fitting to close out the 20th century with a brand new edition of Pearls & Pebbles by the noted chronicler of pioneer life, Catharine Parr Traill. Published in 1894, Pearls & Pebbles is an unusual book with a lasting charm, in which the author's broad focus ranges from the Canadian natural environment to early settlement of Upper Canada. Through Traill's eyes, we see the life of the pioneer woman, the disappearance of the forest, and the corresponding changes in the life of the Native Canadians who have inhabited that forest.

Editor Elizabeth Thompson reminds us of the significance of the writings by Traill, the aged author/naturalist, who felt that the hours spent gathering the pebbles and pearls from her notebooks and journals written in the backwoods of Canada was not time wasted.

 

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EDITORS INTRODUCTION
xi
PREFACE
3
PLEASANT DAYS OF MY CHILDHOOD
5
A REMINISCENCE
9
MEMORIES OF A MAY MORNING
14
ANOTHER MAY MORNING
21
MORE ABOUT MY FEATHERED FRIENDS
32
A DEFENSE
45
THOUGHTS ON VEGETABLE INSTINCT
109
SOME CURIOUS PLANTS
115
SOME VARIETIES OF POLLEN
120
THE CRANBERRY MARSH
123
OUR NATIVE GRASSES
126
INDIAN GRASS
132
MOSSES AND LICHENS
136
THE INDIAN MOSS BAG
141

NOTES FROM MY OLD DIARY
49
THE SPIDER
58
PROSPECTING AND WHAT I FOUND IN MY DIGGING
62
THE ROBIN AND THE MIRROR
65
IN THE CANADIAN WOODS
67
THE FIRST DEATH IN THE CLEARING
82
ALONE IN THE FOREST
90
ON THE ISLAND OF MINNEWAWA
99
THE CHILDREN OF THE FOREST
103
SOMETHING GATHERS UP THE FRAGMENTS
144
APPENDIX A
151
APPENDIX B
181
APPENDIX C
183
ENDNOTES
187
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
199
INDEX
203
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Catharine Parr Traill, sister of Agnes Strickland and Susanna Moodie, settled near Peterborough Ontario in 1832. She felt that the hours spent gathering the pebbles and pearls from her notebooks and journals written in the backwoods of Canada was not time wasted.

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