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Thrashin' time : harvest days in the Dakotas

Author: David Weitzman
Publisher: Boston : D.R. Godine, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Thrashin' Time takes us back to autumn days in North Dakota in 1912, when farmers worked the land with sturdy draft horses and a new-fangled machine called the steam traction engine. The story opens with young Peter's first look at the engine -- blue boiler and red wheels, puffing smoke and hissing steam, gears spinning and rods stroking back and forth -- and old Mr. Torgrimson's wise prediction: "You know, Peter,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Juvenile works
Historical fiction
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Weitzman
ISBN: 0879239107 9780879239107 1567921108 9781567921106
OCLC Number: 24216866
Description: 77 pages : illustrations ; 27 x 28 cm
Other Titles: Thrashing time
Responsibility: by David Weitzman.

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Thrashin' Time takes us back to autumn days in North Dakota in 1912, when farmers worked the land with sturdy draft horses and a new-fangled machine called the steam traction engine. The story opens with young Peter's first look at the engine -- blue boiler and red wheels, puffing smoke and hissing steam, gears spinning and rods stroking back and forth -- and old Mr. Torgrimson's wise prediction: "You know, Peter, you're witnessing the beginning of real scientific farming." This is Peter's own story of how he and his little sister Anna learned to farm, and how it all changes the day Mr. Parker's steam-threshing rig rumbles onto their place. All the neighbors come to help, and so does Aunt Mavis with her recipe for buffalo-berry pie and her stories about the children's pioneer Norwegian grandparents. Threshing begins when the engine's whistle awakens the threshers, bundle pitchers, and wagon teams, and calls them to work in the darkness long before dawn. While the men thresh the grain, the women and girls prepare five meals a day for a horde of hungry threshermen. The end of the workday comes only when darkness falls again. For Peter and Anna summer brings long days of hard work, reunion with family and friends, and some sadness too.

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