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Title: Sod House Adventure (Later retitled The Children Who Stayed Alone).
Author: Bonnie Bess Worline
Publisher: Longmans, Green & Co, 1956. 147 pages.
Source: I got this as an ebook from Open Library; it is a scanned copy of a book with a blank library binding.
The initial episode, and the one that kicks off the other adventures, is a period of several days when the seven Dawson children, ranging in age from Phoebe, who appears to be about 12 down to the baby, are left alone. From there we go on to other events in a year on their homestead. Neither the place nor the year is specified, but I choose to believe it is Nebraska (see above), and the year would be sometime in the second half of the 1800s, not long after the "Indian troubles" were over. This is the story of pioneer children who work hard, and take their pleasure where they find it.
The book is undeniably dated, and bears that "goody-two-shoes" feel that many from the era (and earlier) have. But it does capture life on the farming frontier in a vivid way, and shows the area filling up with people (I kept expecting them to pull up stakes and move farther west--but that was just the influence of Pa from The Little House on the Prairie). The children, though too good to be believable, are engaging, and the story is a quick and pleasant read, though nothing more than that. There are better stories of the period--like the Little House books.
Recommended for anyone who likes historical stories about the settlement of the West and doesn't mind some unrealistically well-behaved children.
Full Disclosure: I borrowed Sod House Adventure from my (digital) library, and received nothing from the writer or publisher in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are my own and those of no one else. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."