|Miss Kitty and the boys of Gunsmoke|
Here's the thing: I grew up watching television shows such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and Have Gun...Will Travel. This means that I have a lot of back-ground information about The West and what went on in the pioneer days. All of that is coming in handy in reading Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson with my friend's 8th grade daughter. The story takes place in Montana in 1918 and this student doesn't have much knowledge about that time in American history.
This means she doesn't know how to picture in her mind spurs, a sod house, a wash bucket, calico, a prairie dog, or a stitched sampler. All things mentioned in the book.
They don't make Westerns any more (and if they did they would be so violent I wouldn't recommend watching them), so she has no references to that time in history. Is that part of our heritage disappearing?
I suggested she rent the DVD Sarah, Plain and Tall based on the book by Patricia MacLachlan, to get an idea of what Hattie was having to deal with - blizzards, wolves, horse-drawn wagons, barbed wire fences, and wood stoves. Or maybe she could watch one of the Little House DVDs.
If any of you, dear readers, have suggestions as to a movie or TV show that might help her fill in some of the blanks, I would be happy to hear about them.
Thanking you in advance!