This is wonderful historical book about nineteenth century Canada. I saw it in the stacks of my library, and I was immediately inspired to read it. I just love historical books of Canada.
It is hard to believe that we have come such a long way in Canada. But it doesn’t surprise me either given that we have so many talented men and women in our midst. A century ago, Canada was very different. Una Abrahamson portrays nineteenth century Canada factually and yet in an entertaining fashion.
Mrs. Abrahamson, a Chatelaine columnist, has written a book like no other. It is very well researched and she sweeps away the haze of misconceptions and nostalgia to discover how life really was one hundred years ago.
The book is an unusual and amusing compendium of pioneer lore. Mrs. Abrahamson has included dozens of strange recipes, old superstitions, herbal cures, along with the games and songs as well as pastimes of the era. Ever facet of domesticity is examined. What is more: there are many engravings that illustrate the text throughout.
This book is a joy to read for young and old. It is also a book that can be used for school projects by High School students.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth