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MARCH 3, 2011
My Favorite Book This Year!

The Taxing Case of the Cows
A True Story About Suffrage

THE TAXING CASE OF THE COWS: A True Story About Suffrage  by Pegi Deitz Shea and Iris Van Rynbach;
Almost 100 years after the American Revolution, Abby and Julia Smith were fighting against taxation without representation. Women hadn’t been given the vote, and the Smith sisters refused to pay an unfair property tax that  they had no voice in establishing. When the authorities confiscated their cows, the Smiths bought them back at auction, thus paying what they owed without paying their taxes. The cows were seized at tax time for a number of years, and the Smiths’s stand attracted the attention of women’s suffrage supporters across the country. Lively, carefully researched illustrations bring this historical episode vividly to life.

by Iris Van Rynbach and Pegi Deitz Shea

This is a non-fiction picture book with a true story that will knock your socks off.  It is story about two sisters who lived in Glastonbury, CT in 1869.  They were unfairly taxed by the state.  When they refused to pay because they did not have a say in the vote, the town took away their cows!  Although this story has a happy ending, I am struck at the reality of the true suffering of women and the frustration and anger they must have felt during that time period.  I say thank you to all the women who paved the way in order for future women to have the opportunity to live independent lives. 
This book is a must read!

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MARCH 1, 2011
Thank you for so many things lately!

    I wanted to send out a thank you to Michelle Hovestadt who presented her wicked cool deals at our Valentine's tea on Feb 10th.  Although I was reading and crafting with the children, I did try to keep an ear out for any new money saving tips.  The information was fantastic and the children were great.  We will try to have another  event for mothers soon.

     Another thank you goes out to all the people who donated mittens to our mitten tree.  I am taking them to the Daily Bread's clothing closet tomorrow March 2 (which is Dr. Suess's birthday by the way).  The preschoolers had a wonderful idea to start a mitten tree after reading the story The Mitten Tree by Candace Chrisiansen.  Their selfless idea of helping other children helped to generate a whole bag of mittens which will  keep other children warm  this season and next. 

     One more thing I'm thankful for - Spring is right around the corner!  Don't forget to spring your clocks ahead on Sun. Feb. 13.

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!

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