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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Elsie Lee Splear  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD Non-Fiction

Born: 1909 in Kankakee County, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Elsie was born on a farm in Kankakee, County and lived there her whole life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Elsie Lee Splear grew up on a farm in the early part of the 20th century. With the help of her daughter, Carolyn, Elsie tells what life was like for her and her sisters: the hard work they did making their own soap, churning butter, canning fruits, butchering meat, and much more. Everything had a season but as the years turned, a few, small changes came to their lives.As it opens a window onto a personal slice of American history, this gentle, moving story portrays a way of life that seems both distant and familiar. Ken Stark, who was a friend of Elsie's, displays his clear love of the land in each picture.

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Titles At Your Library


-- Growing Seasons - A Smithsonian Notable Book, An International Reading Association Teachers' Choice Book, A Society of Midland Authors Notable Book, A Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Children's Book for Illustration.