New Hampshire: The Oldest Barn

Tuttle’s Red Barn, is a true story about a family barn that has been in the family for over 400 years.  It follows the family from when the first one came over all the way up to when the book was published in 2003 (give or take on that last year).

It’s a great chance to do a timeline activity and that’s just what we did.  I scanned images from the book and we put them in order on sentence strips.
It was a real struggle on some of the pictures to figure out where it went in the timeline.  Some pictures were easy to figure out, if it had a car it was more recent, but there were many times it could have been in different places.  We found ourselves double checking the book very often.

I love the story and was talking with the other Mom about how cool it would be to visit there someday.  She went home and looked up this family on the internet and we were both so sad to learn that it’s currently for sale because the next generation isn’t interested in taking up the family farm.  Isn’t that sad?

New Hampshire: Granite Baby

Granite Baby is a cute book set in New Hampshire that has the feel of a tall tale.  And since I love all things fairy tale and tall tale I had to include this book.

Five sisters are the best and biggest at everything.  One of them brags she can carve a real live baby out of stone, and she does.  Only they don’t know how to take care of the baby.  The rest of the story details how they solve it.
And what does this lead to, but of course carving.  But, I wasn’t about to let the kids try carving wood or rocks.  That left us soap.  I found a large stack of hand soap and gave them all butter knives and let them have at it.

Batman quickly dropped his plans for carving toy soldiers in favor of the easier boat.  Princess tricked me into carving her a horse.  Yes, I know big surprise.


Afterwards Batman was found carving 3 more boats, and now my dining room table has little soap shavings on it that I haven’t been able to get off.

This led to my guests on Friday complaining about the soap flavored food when they ate their finger food after touching the table.

Ummmm……  oops…….

Also linking this over at Journey to Excellence, which is hosting an American History linkie.
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