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Elsie Lee Splear

Born: 1909 in Kankakee County, Illinois
Pen Name: None

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

Biography: 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.

  • 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.

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children

Elsie Lee Splear on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Growing Seasons
ISBN: 0399234608 OCLC:

Putnam Publishing Group 2000

The author portrays a vivid picture of the life she and her sisters led growing up on a farm in the early part of the 20th century. 10,000 first printing.