CABIN IN THE SNOW (Book Two of the Prairie Sky Series) by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Patrick Faricy (Aladdin, 2002)

The story of Charlie’s trip into Lawrence with Papa. When Papa decides to help defend Lawrence from border ruffians, Charlie has to drive the wagon back to their claim and face a blizzard and a newborn baby alone. Each book includes an authentic recipe from the time. Teachers looking for history curriculum tie-ins (especially Kansas teachers) to help explain the complicated struggle between free-state settlers and proslavery proponents should consider this series. Ages 6-up. Recommendation by Frances Hill.