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by Loretta Ellsworth

Free eBook The Shrouding Woman download ISBN: 0805081852
Author: Loretta Ellsworth
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 12, 2007)
Language: English
Pages: 160
Category: Young Adults
Subcategory: Literature and Fiction
Size MP3: 1789 mb
Size FLAC: 1604 mb
Rating: 4.5
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A New Shrouding Woman. Papa left, whistling a happy tune with a relaxed smile on his face. He almost walked right past us, then gave me a quick wink and disappeared out the back.

A New Shrouding Woman. Mae and I just stood there watching this odd woman, who didn’t see us standing motionless near the back door. She had a large frame, unlike Mama, who used to tie the strings of the apron around her slim waist in a large bow, and even then the ends hung low. Her dark hair was piled on top of her head, making her wide face seem even more round.

Loretta Ellsworth has had short fiction published in several literary journals. The Shrouding Woman is her first novel for young readers. She lives in Lakeville, Minnesota. Библиографические данные.

The moving story of a young girl's struggle to face her mother's death. Baxter Green isn't like everyone else

The moving story of a young girl's struggle to face her mother's death. I knew that she was called "the Shrouding Woman" because I'd heard Papa use those words to describe her. I didn't know what it meant but I knew it had something to do with death. Baxter Green isn't like everyone else. While most people would forget about the little details of everyday life, Baxter never forgets-not pain, not hurt, not embarrassment.

The Shrouding Woman book. I had the good fortune to met Loretta Ellsworth recently. I have been on a mission since our meeting to read all of her Young Adult books. I have not been disappointed. This piece of historical fiction, appropriate for middle schoolers, is written by Minnesota author, Loretta Ellsworth.

by. Ellsworth, Loretta. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Aunts, Death, Frontier and pioneer life. Internet Archive Books. t on September 28, 2011. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata).

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A young girl's awakening as she becomes an apprentice to a shrouder It was once common practice for small towns to have a shrouding woman to help put their dead to rest. Still, when eleven-year-old Evie's Aunt Flo-herself a shrouding woman-comes to town, Evie knows little of a shrouding woman's ways and wants nothing to do with this aunt of hers, especially after her own mother's recent death.

A former schoolteacher and mother of four grown children, she lives in Lakeville, Minnesota, with her family.

Papa's Sister I was eleven years old when she came to live with us. My little sister, Mae, was five. A former schoolteacher and mother of four grown children, she lives in Lakeville, Minnesota, with her family. Catherine Smith Photography.

Former St. John's Spanish Teacher.

Children's Book Author and Teacher. Former St. Write what haunts you" - Jane Resh Thomas. Surf Ballroom & Museum.

Her WWII historical novel, And Then We Danced, will be published in 2017. She has four children and six grandchildren, and lives in Minnesota.

A young girl's awakening as she becomes an apprentice to a shrouder

It was once common practice for small towns to have a shrouding woman to help put their dead to rest. Still, when eleven-year-old Evie's Aunt Flo―herself a shrouding woman―comes to town, Evie knows little of a shrouding woman's ways and wants nothing to do with this aunt of hers, especially after her own mother's recent death. But as this mysterious woman slowly makes her way into Evie's life, her strong presence brings far more than signs of death to a grieving girl's home.

Set in the mid-1800s, this lyrically written novel, centered on the little-known practice of shrouding, sensitively touches on the healing process of life.

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lifestyle
"The Shrouding Woman" has a tenderness about it that I loved. Some people are designed to walk with those who are facing death. The pioneer setting, grieving process, coming of age and hope made this a book to remember.
Best West
. . . and this first novel by Loretta Ellsworth elaborates on this theme. It is an unusual novel to discover among books for juveniles but valuable. Life on the prairies in post-Civil War Minnesota comes alive with the everyday-ness of hard times offset by pleasures such as rural celebrations, and growing flowers.

Evie is eleven when her mother dies and Flo, her father's sister, comes to help. While caring for Mae and Evie, Aunt Flo continues to follow her 'calling' as a shrouding woman, one who prepares the dead for burial. Evie, still overwhelmed by mourning for her mother, is somewhat 'put off' by this mysterious practice. The book's theme is presented skillfully and the young girls are shown realistically as often willful and mischievous.

One dictionary definition of "shroud" is to "screen from view" but thankfully this author opens our eyes instead to a part of the lives of early settlers most readers have not known about. Emily Dickinson's words used as preface capture perfectly the poignancy of loss. And her words define shrouding as "the solemnest of industries."

The cover art is outstanding as are the chapter drawings, also by Gabi Swiatkowska. (Thank you!) Smile with reviewer mcHaiku at the notation citing the choice of "The Shrouding Woman" as an ALA Amelia Bloomer Feminist Book for Youth! This also points to the fact that books need to be more widely shared through LINKAGE - to other readership: Juv, YA, and Adult.

Post Script: Readers will find a very different pleasure in Loretta Ellsworth's second novel "Search for Mockingbird" - that propels the reader forward a century plus. These are stories from different eras yet each making a significant impact . . . mcHAIKU hopes you read both.
Nidora
With spare and elegant prose, Loretta Ellsworth tells the story of Evie, who lives in southeastern Minnesota in the mid-1800s. The daughter of a Scotswoman and a German farmer, Evie is by turns kind and ferocious, learning to deal with the death of her mother and the care of a loving aunt she has never met before. There are real characters in this book, painted keenly. Aunt Flo, who comes to live with Evie and Mae and their papa, her brother, is a shrouding woman. I confess to being reluctant to read this book because of Aunt Flo's work with death and funerals. Now I'm sorry that I waited so long. What did people do to care for their dead in a time before undertakers and mortuaries? With gentle explanation and intriguing description, this book is a look at this unusual aspect of history, woven deftly into a richly textured story.
Mr_KiLLaURa
This book deals with death on many levels. First, the main character of the story loses her mother which results in her aunt(The Shrouding Woman) to come and live with the family. Real struggles faced by people surface through the lives of these characters.

Not having known what shrouding was, I learned quite a bit about the ancestors of today's funeral home staff. These ladies would prepare the dead for a proper burial.

The book is tasteful in how they depict death. This book is neither scary, nor gross. The respect for human life is obvious. The book is a great peice of historical fiction that sheds light on lesser spoken of aspects of our history.
Nakora
This book takes place in the same time frame as the Little House Books...but delves into a topic never touched before...well written, this book will be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Touching our heart with a young girls' attempt to deal with the death of her mother this book is a very timely piece...I found both girls and boys enjoyed this book and gave them the opportunity to address this difficult subject. This book will be a classic in years to come.