Carole Estby Dagg: Sweet Home Alaska



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There but at the end they sing Home Sweet Home They re there to stay Again this may seem innocuous but ending with that song tells readers that indeed they were there TO STAYThough a lot of people are going to love Dabb s book and its echoes of Little House I think it is worse than Little House because it was written in the last ew years Dabb s editor is Nancy Paulsen The creation publication and marketing of Sweet Home Alaska tells us that writers like Dabb and editors like Nancy Paulsen have a long way to goReview is New Years Rockin Evil (Futurama Comics from my website A perfectly timed audiobook with my 11 year old since we just covered The Great Depression and FDR s New Deal in our history lessons We both love love loved it You can t help butall in love with Terpsichore Terp sick oree or those who don t listen to the audio but listen if you can as Susan Denaker is an outstanding narrator and her can do make it happen pioneer spirit Maybe best described as Little House meets The Penderwicks set in 1930 s Alaska this story of simple amily life with Tough Girl fun adventure has wormed its way into our hearts and left the two of us with the very best kind of book hangover 35 Stars This is a mixture of Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie but in Alaska in the 1930 s Cute story but not uite as endearing as the stories that inspired it Popsugar Challenge 2020 A book you picked because the title caught your attention If you ve ever reread Laura Ingalls Wilder s books as an adult and wondered about outhouses washing diapers the practicalities of cooking and whether it was really as nice as it sounds this charming story of a young girl trying to make a success of the pioneer life in Alaska will do the trickI started it in the evening and stayed up late toinish Update read aloud to the kids this spring and they all adored it Excellent as a read aloud and I was delighted by the amily just as much the second time around Original reviewWell this was a surprising delight My 8 year old picked it up at the library and we both loved it We loved Terpischore s can do spirit especially raising her Laura and Almanzo pumpkins the amily dynamics the pioneer spirit of the settlers and the Perfect Phrases for Lead Generation friendships with Mendel and Gloria While including plenty of details of how challenging it was the book made me want to move out to the wilderness like the Johnsons I also appreciated the realistic view of the CCC s ineptitude The bookelt well researched but the story was charming enough that my daughter didn t even realize she was learning history while she rea. Es with her can do attitude she starts making things happen to make Alaska seem like home Soon she and her amily 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 a plan that’s going to take all the love energy and  Farmer Boy expertise Terpsichore can muste.

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The states of Michigan Wisconsin and Minnesota only honest to God armers couples between the ages of 25 and 40 with Scandinavian backgrounds would be considered In exchange Hoot for a 3000 30 year loan eachamily would be given a 40 acre tract of land a house a barn a well and an out building Those Red November families that chose tracts with poor soil conditions and hilly landscape were given 80 acres In all 203amilies were chosen Beowulf is my name (Rinehart editions, 146) for the colonyDagg s character Trip shortor Terpsichore and her amily are one of those amilies When Dagg and her sisters learn about the plan to move there here s what they say p 5 I m not living in an igloo That was Cally shaking her head in horror which made her ringlets bob I m not eating whale blubber That was Polly Her ringlets bobbed tooThey are in short putting A Gentleman for Dry Creek (Dry Creek, forth information they hold about Alaska Native homes andoods and they re rejecting it That passage tells us that although Dabb chose not to create Native people or her characters to interact with she didn t leave Native peoples out altogether She introduced stereotypes but left them intact That was an opportunity or her to push back on them but she didn t Indeed if she d had Native peoples in mind as she developed this book she could have created Native characters who could in Architecture by Birds and Insects fact push back on the information that Cally and Polly have in their heads What she did do is have Trip s dad say that they re not going to the Arctic Circle and that the Matanuska Valley is much like northern Wisconsin This I assume is sufficient to tell the girls that they won t be living in an igloo or eating whale blubber but it leaves exotic ideas about Alaska Natives intactActually getting to Alaska means getting there by ship As they re boarding someone sings a song Trip recognizes but they change the lyrics p 44Terpsichore recognized the tune It was Gene Autry s version of Springtime in the Rockies but they had changed the words Terpsichore laughed along with the crowd at the new words When it s springtime in Alaska and it s ninety nine below Where the berries grow like pumpkins and a cabbageills a truck We want to make a new start somewhere without delay So here we are Alaska AND WE HAVE COME TO STAY Curious about the song I looked it up and so Beyond Carnival far didn tind those lyrics The Microsociology first line is easy toind but the rest I think is Dabb s own writing Reading the words we have come to stay may seem jovial and innocuous to some but to me they re pretty aggressive Music is a big part of Sweet Home Alaska The Lefty family has a tough go of it once they re. Re’sather signs up or President Roosevelt’s Palmer Colony project uprooting them rom 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 irst impressions get in the way of this grand adventure Tackling its many uniue challeng.

Anytime I see pioneering used to describe stories like this I wonder about the people whose lands were being made available to those pioneersIn her author s note Dagg writes p 290A notable omission in accounts I read of the Palmer Colony was reference to the people who were in Alaska or thousands of years before the colonists the various Eskimo Aleut Athabaskan and other Indian tribes Since I married into a part Native Statistical Computing in C++ and R family I was concerned about this omission butinally decided not to create contacts with Native peoples if the colonists themselves did not mention them However I hope as many readers as possible will visit the Anchorage Museum to learn about the original colonists of AlaskaI m curious about the part Native Human Aspects of Software Engineering family Are the people she s referring to as part Native citizens of their tribal nation Generally used part Native means that someone in your ancestry was or is a Native personrom a specific tribal nation uite often though people who use part Native aren t aware that stating a Native identity goes hand in hand with being a citizen of that nation This citizenship is not about being part Native If you re a tribal citizen you re a tribal citizen periodI m uneasy with the phrase the original colonists of Alaska Alaska Natives were not original colonists They are the How to Make a Plant Love You first peoples of that land Their homelands were colonized in this case by theamilies who were part of this Cities and Dialogue federal project I anticipate some people will think that I m being hypercritical in pointing to original colonists as problematic but it is important that we pay attention to words and what they convey If we were to accept Dagg s description of Aleut Athabaskan and other Indian tribes as original colonists we start down a slope that says it wasn t their homelandrom the start That it belonged to nobody and therefore any rights they have to that land can be dismissedAnd Dagg s suggestion that readers visit the Anchorage Museum It makes me wonder if she had Native readers in mind She was probably thinking of white kidsAn appropriate aside Not long ago I read a spot on comic by Ricardo Cat of Kewa Santo Domingo Pueblo He has been doing Without Reservations Christmas Doll for several years The one I m thinking of is of a Native kid in a museum asking something like what kind of aield trip is this We have all this stuff at home Biting and brilliant tooBack to Dagg s bookWho were the pioneers involved with the Palmer Project People who were living in Michigan Wisconsin and Minnesota in 1934 The Palmer Museum has this infoTo be chosen Dark Tide Rising (William Monk from. This exciting pioneering story based on actual events introduces readers to aascinating chapter in American history when FDR set up a New Deal colony in Alaska to give loans and land to The Internet Book families struggling during the Great Depression   Terpsichore can’t wait toollow in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Queen from Provence (Plantagenet Saga, footsteps now she just has to convince her mom It’s 1934 and times are toughor their Fearless Jack family To make aresh start Terpsicho.

After careers as a children's librarian certified public accountant and assistant library director I retired early to do what I had always wanted to do write My first book The Year We Were Famous was based on the true story of my great aunt's 4000 mile walk with her mother across the country in 1896 My second book Sweet Home Alaska was inspired when my son bought a 1930's house across f