The first Saturday in June is #NationalPrairieDay, and what better series to feature than the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Naturally, we have the series on our shelves at home, somewhat battered by much reading. It didn’t take long to find something to complement this month’s theme, which is FEATHERS. In Little Town on the Prairie, there’s a scene in which the Ingalls girls try to rescue some of their corn crop from a flock of hungry blackbirds.
Illustrated by Garth Williams
The blackbirds were so thick now that between the corn rows their wings beat rough against Laura’s arms and battered her sunbonnet. She felt sharp little blows on her head, and Carrie cried out that the birds were pecking her. They seemed to feel that the corn was theirs, and to be fighting for it. They rose up harsh at Laura’s face and Carrie’s, and flew scolding and pecking at their sunbonnets.
Little Town on the Prairie, “Blackbirds”
Laura Ingalls Wilder
While those pesky birds ruin a goodly portion of the Ingalls crop, they get their revenge…
“Well, I’ll be switched!” said Pa …. They all agreed that blackbird pie was even better than chicken pie.
The smell from the biscuits seemed to fill the room, fill the world, and when she wiped them with a small cloth smeared with butter so the hot biscuits shone, the smell grew even more powerful. He swallowed again and again, and she smiled and handed him a biscuit split that she’d filled with honey, so hot he almost couldn’t hold it, but he ate it and could think of nothing else then. Just the biscuit and the honey and the butter.