Chapter 1 - Hopscotch, Carrots and Bread
“I’ll be back at the end of fall!” Autumn watched as her father, still
waving, disappeared over the horizon along with all the other boys on a
“I’m hungry!” whined May, Autumn’s five years old sister.
“Supper is in an hour, May,” called Autumn.
Just then May’s friends walked up and asked if May could play hopscotch.
“O.K!” May called, running to get her chalk.
Autumn stepped into their small house made of reeds, mud and clay. A
fire burnt in the pit with a large pot of carrots and boiling water
hanging over it. Her mother sat on the huge bed they all shared. She
wore a work dress with a light blouse underneath.
“I’ll go get some bread from the bakery,” offered Autumn. “O.K., here is
two dollars. Do you think it will be enough for a loaf of bread?”
Autumn’s mom asked.
Chapter 2 - At the Bakery
Autumn got to the bakery quickly and was about to leave with her loaf of
brown bread when something outside caught her eye. Snow! Autumn rushed
home through the cold and wind to find a fire lit, stew ready, and May
home. “I have bread,” said Autumn. They ate in silence.
“Will Daddy be okay?” asked May.
“I hope so.”
The next morning, they woke to find snow everywhere! Everyone put on
their coats, boots and went outside without breakfast. Autumn had been
making a snow fort with her friend Amy when something caught her eye.
Her dad was home! That night they all had soup and pie for supper.
Everyone felt relieved that they were safe.