Pearls and Pebbles
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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THOUGHTS ON VEGETABLE INSTINCT
SOME CURIOUS PLANTS
SOME VARIETIES OF POLLEN
THE CRANBERRY MARSH
OUR NATIVE GRASSES
MOSSES AND LICHENS
THE INDIAN MOSS BAG
NOTES FROM MY OLD DIARY
PROSPECTING AND WHAT I FOUND IN MY DIGGING
THE ROBIN AND THE MIRROR
IN THE CANADIAN WOODS
THE FIRST DEATH IN THE CLEARING
ALONE IN THE FOREST
ON THE ISLAND OF MINNEWAWA
THE CHILDREN OF THE FOREST
SOMETHING GATHERS UP THE FRAGMENTS