This exciting pioneering story, based on actual events, introduces readers to a fascinating chapter in American history, when FDR set up a New Deal colony in Alaska to give loans and land to families struggling during the Great Depression.
Terpsichore can't wait to follow in Laura Ingalls Wilder's footsteps...?ow she just has to convince her mom. It's 1934, and times are tough for their family. To make a fresh start, Terpsichore's father signs up for President Roosevelt's Palmer Colony project, uprooting them from Wisconsin to become pioneers in Alaska. Their new home is a bit of a shock—it's a town still under construction in the middle of the wilderness, where the residents live in tents and share a community outhouse. But Terpsichore's not about to let first impressions get in the way of this grand adventure. Tackling its many unique challenges with her can-do attitude, she starts making things happen to make Alaska seem more like home. Soon, she and her family are able to start settling in and enjoying their new surroundings—everyone except her mother, that is. So, in order to stay, Terpsichore hatches a plan to convince her that it's a wonderful—and civilized—place to live...? plan that's going to take all the love, energy, and Farmer Boy expertise Terpsichore can muster.
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"In the midst of the Great Depression, Terpsichore's family has fallen on hard times. Desperate, they've even traded the family piano for credit at the general store. Against her mother's wishes, the family accepts FDR's New Deal offer of free homesteading land in Palmer, Alaska. Narrator Susan Denaker creates character voices for Terpsichore, her twin sisters, baby brother, and parents. She sounds most natural as haughty Mom, who is eager to return to civilized life. Because the family piano and song lyrics play heavily into the story, music would have been a welcome addition to the production. Still, this is an inspiring story of a plucky sixth-grader who embraces a harsh new life on the frontier. An author's note, recipes, and song lyrics are included. L.T. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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