Washday

by Eve Bunting and Brad Sneed

Lizzie and her doll, Amelia Cordelia, were supposed to be home having a doll tea... read more

Lizzie and her doll, Amelia Cordelia, were supposed to be home having a doll tea party with her friend Lucy, but Lizzie’s mom is about to have a baby so Lizzie is spending the day with Grandma instead. “Are you ready for work, Lizzie girl?” She and Grandma are doing the wash: hoisting the copper boiler full of steaming water, sorting the clothes, scrubbing them on the washboard with lye soap, rinsing and running them through the ringer, and then hanging them up to dry. But Lizzie can’t stop thinking longingly about the snickerdoodles she and Ma made for the tea party that’s no longer happening … or is it? Delightful, child–friendly details ground a warm story featuring wonderful, authentic interactions between Lizzie and her Grandma while offering a fascinating look at doing laundry long ago. (Ages 5–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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