This compilation brings together seven stories vividly showing daily life in pre-Confederation Canada: Emily's Journey (13 min) traces a young girl's adventures as she braves muddy roads, rivers and other obstacles on her way to meet up with cousins in 1850's Quebec City. Jamie Really Liked to Eat (5 min) is the story of a boy who loves anything to do with cooking and eating--but who could do without all the other chores of a 19th-century home. In Woolly's Gift (6 min), 8-year-old Annie helps with the making of her new dress. The community finally gets a proper school in The New Schoolhouse (9 min)--and everyone helps to build it. Seventeen-year-old Ella must prove herself to students not much younger than she is in The New Schoolteacher (9 min). In Henry Settles in Upper Canada (11 min), Henry, newly arrived from Europe, discovers his lively new village. A hard first year on the Prairies awaits Tom and his family in Homesteading on the Prairies (11 min). But the fall harvest is good and the future looks brighter.
Emily uses more than ten different forms of transportation to travel from her home in pioneer Ontario and meet her cousins in Quebec in the 1850s. She paddles a canoe, rides a horse, drives a farm wagon and guides a timber raft as she takes a number of days to complete a journey that would be no more than an afternoon's drive today. Part of a series of children's pioneer stories.
After a long, hard ocean voyage across the Atlantic, twelve-year-old Henry and his mother arrive in Upper Canada. Uncle Ned meets them and takes them to rest up. Homesick, Henry takes a turn around the village and discovers what village life is like in a well-established farming community. He soon settles in and brings some good news to his mother.
Jamie Really Likes to Eat shows the life of a young boy living on a homestead around 1830 and how many pioneer parents depended on their children to help them gather and prepare the family's food. Jamie fishes, plucks ducks, and traps rabbits. He helps his mother churn butter, collect eggs and bake bread. Children can compare the food Jamie eats with the food they eat - some of it the same, like buckwheat pancakes and blueberry muffins, and some of it different, like rabbit stew and duck pie.
The New Schoolteacher describes the life of Ella, a young teacher in the 1850s. Not much older than the senior students in her charge, she is responsible for everything in the school from teaching all grades, all subjects, to discipline and housekeeping. It is a difficult job but Ella proves that she can do it and starts a baseball team too.
Woolly's Gift takes youngsters step by step through the making of fabric for Annie's new dress. Students see Annie and her family shear Wooly, a mother sheep, and wash the wool. They see the wool carded, spun into yarn, dyed and woven, how leftover wool was bartered, and the daily activities of a pioneer girl.