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Pioneer Story, A

The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840

by (author) Barbara Greenwood

illustrated by Heather Collins

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Jun 1994
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 1994
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1994
    List Price

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Out of print

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


Meet the Robertsons, a pioneer family living on a backwoods farm. Their story begins in spring, when the hardships of winter are over and new chores are beginning. Readers follow the Robertson family through the year, until winter closes around them.

Factual information and highly detailed drawings of daily life accompany each story and expand on what children have just read. This book is a comprehensive classroom resource.

About the authors

Barbara Greenwood is an award-winning author whose books include Gold Rush Fever, The Last Safe House and A Pioneer Thanksgiving. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Barbara Greenwood's profile page

Heather Collins brings Come Sit By Me alive with the colourful illustration style for which she has become known. Her popular children's picture book credits include Whoosh I Hear a Sound!, The Bare Naked and A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840 for which She won both the Information Book Award and the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award. When she's not illustrating in her attic studio in Toronto, Heather can be found spending time with her two children and her husband.

Heather Collins' profile page


  • Winner, Ruth Schwartz Children's Literature Award
  • Winner, Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada
  • Winner, Mr. Christie's Book Award

Other titles by Barbara Greenwood

Other titles by Heather Collins