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The colonial furniture of New England : a study of the domestic furniture in use in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
Lyon, Irving Whitall, 1840-1896.
Publication Information:
New York : E. P. Dutton, 1977.
Physical Description:
xxvi, 285 pages, 58 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
A reissue of the 1924 ed.

Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 103264.
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NK2406 .L9 1977 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Sandra loves ranch life. Most of all, she loves riding her pony, Chico. But a ride to visit a new calf ends in a terrifying encounter with a rattlesnake. Sandra learns an important lesson about taking care of herself and her horse--and about overcoming her fears.

In this story, based on a true-life incident, young Sandra demonstrates the forthright spirit that gave her the courage and confidence to become the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Her adventure with Chico in the desert landscape is breathtakingly rendered by celebrated painter Dan Andreasen.

Author Notes

Sandra Day O'Connor was born in El Paso, Texas, attended college and law school at Stanford University, has been married to John O'Connor since 1952, and they have three sons. She was Arizona state senator from 1969-1975, and she served on the Arizona Court of Appeals from 1979-1981. Nominated by President Reagan as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, she took the oath of office on September 25, 1981, the first woman to do so.

(Publisher Provided) Sandra Day O'Connor was born on March 26, 1930 in El Paso, Texas and is a retired United States Supreme Court Justice. She served as an Associate Justice from her appointment in 1981 by Ronald Reagan until her retirement from the Court in 2006. She was the first woman to be appointed to the Court. Prior to O'Connor's appointment to the Court, she was an elected official and judge in Arizona. O'Connor was Chancellor of The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and currently serves on the board of trustees of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Several publications have named O'Connor among the most powerful women in the world. On August 12, 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor of the United States, by President Barack Obama. Sandra Day O'Connor attended Stanford University, where she received her B.A. in economics in 1950. She continued at the Stanford Law School for her LL.B.. There, she served on the Stanford Law Review. O'Connor served as Assistant Attorney General of Arizona 1965 -69 until she was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Arizona State Senate. She was re-elected to the State Senate in 1973 and became the first woman to serve as its Majority Leader. In 1975 she was elected to the Maricopa County Superior Court and in 1979 was elevated to the Arizona State Court of Appeals. She served on the Court of Appeals until 1981 when she was appointed to the Supreme Court. Aside from being a judge she has authored several books including Thanks for Listening, Lazy B and Rugged Justice. Her title Out of Order made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-3. In a story based on memories of her childhood on her family's ranch, O'Connor revisits six-year-old Sandra, who helped with the chores, loved to read, and rode her own small horse, Chico. Riding out to look for a new calf and its mother, Sandra almost falls off Chico when he jumps at the sight of a rattlesnake. After bringing her horse safely home, Sandra goes out with her father in his truck, checking on the calf, chasing a rainbow, and driving back home again. O'Connor's matter-of-fact tone steers away from nostalgia, offering a straightforward presentation of this independent young girl's day. Andreasen's handsome paintings depict the 1930s setting with soft-edged realism and a fine palette of muted colors. One of the few books for young children set in the Southwest, this offers a look at the landscape as well as an accessible tale of O'Connor's childhood. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2005 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

After co-authoring a book for adults with her brother about growing up on a cattle ranch (Lazy B), the first woman Supreme Court justice ventures into the children's book arena with a similarly themed tale-just as she's about to depart the court. O'Connor initially sets the scene of her childhood home in the desert southwest: "Sandra liked to explore the ranch and to look for rabbits, antelope, skunks, badgers, birds, and turtles. But she knew she should stay away from the sharp thorns on the cactus, and from scorpions and coyotes." One day, she rides her beloved horse, Chico, to see a newborn calf in a distant pasture. As the six-year-old rides off alone, references to rattlesnakes create a slight sense of foreboding; that inevitable encounter and a later thunderstorm provide some drama to the "day-in-the-life" narrative. The length of the text may make this better suited to more fluent readers, while the age of the heroine might appeal more to a younger audience. Still, O'Connor's tale will likely interest youngsters, with its portrayal of a life on the range so different from most children's experiences. Andreasen's (Little Spotted Cat) realistic paintings bring the ranch to life, with background details such as barbed wire fences, flowering yuccas and hawks overhead. The palette changes with the coming storm, the dusty browns and sage greens set against a sky that ranges from pale blue to turquoise. Ages 5-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-In this engaging picture book, Justice O'Connor shares a story from when she was six years old. She grew up on her family's Arizona ranch, where she helped with kitchen and barn chores. She liked to watch the antelope and was taught to avoid rattlesnakes. Horses were her favorite animal; she learned to ride when she was five. Although her mother instructed her to stay close to home, on one particularly exciting day, she rode Chico a distance from the house to look at a new baby calf. On the way back, they encountered a rattlesnake in their path. The fear on both faces is captured in one of Andreasen's gorgeous paintings. The pictures are done in muted colors and show the wonder of nature in the Southwest, from a fierce thunderstorm to a clearing sky with a rainbow. The author's warm relationship with her parents, her plucky spirit, and the animals on the ranch and in the desert make this a wonderful read. Although O'Connor does not mention anything about her future career as the first woman Supreme Court Justice, this book would be of interest to children studying women's history.-Heather Ver Voort, Washington West Elementary, Olean, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.