Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My daughter's special guest post about geography

Today's special post is by my daughter, Sarah Otto.

Today my father and I were down in our basement in his ephemera hideout looking for old school books. My dad came up with the idea to do this.

I enjoyed it, because I found this really cool old geography book. It's called New Geography Book One. Frye-Atwood Geographical Series by Alexis Everett Frye. It was published in the year 1920.

On Page 80 of the geography book, it talks about animals of North America. Here is an intro of that page:
"Farm animals. In the story of the Indian, we learned that the white man brought cows, horses, sheep, and hogs to America. There are millions of these animals here now."
On Page 80 of the geography book, there is a map called "The Animal Map of North America" and we're going to show you a closeup of it:


Here is another part that I found interesting:
"The horse is the farmer's friend. It hauls the plow to break up the soil, the seeder to plant the seeds, the mower to cut the hay and the grain and the wagon to bring in the crop. Without the horse or the mule, the work on small farms would be very much harder. On many large farms, the work that was once done by animals is now done by machines run by steam or other power. The place of the carriage horse has been taken largely by automobiles."
Well, yes and no. Because the Amish still use horses to pull their seed plowers and to get around to different places because they don't use cars. They still follow the same rules of their Christianity from a long time ago. They don't use cellphones, they don't use TVs, they don't use computers. They make everything they have from hand. They grow most of their food. They don't have cameras or anything.

I sometimes see the Amish when we're at the food market or when we're driving we see horse and buggies, or when we're in an Amish town and you see all the Amish kids playing and riding their wooden scooters. To us, we think that they get all their things handmade, and we might also think it's kind of boring, but it's just how they live and we all respect that. At least, we should. The picture that you see is some Amish people riding in a horse and buggy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It's near our house, which is in York, Pa.

Here is another section from this geography page:
"Bear family. We have read about some of the animals of the frigid zone. Cousins of the white bear are found farther south. The Western Highland is the home of the grizzly bear. Black bears and brown bears are seen in some of the mountains and forests, where they have fled from man."
I did not know that black bears (pictured here) and brown bears were seen in mountains and forest, and that they fled from man. It kind of makes me a little bit sad, that man was hunting them for food and then finally the animals decided that we need to flee, we need to go.

My dad told me that now there is four to five days of bear hunting in Pennsylvania, but only for hunters that have a legal license. That is to control the bear population, which I can understand that.

This book was really interesting. I'll probably just still look at it and see what other sections there are of the book.

1 comment:

  1. Great post, Sarah. Good journalism seems to run in your family.

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