Charles Hayes’ first children’s book is full of real historical details. This story of two boys in early (1790’s) Kentucky relates how they help their family make lye from hard wood ash and rainwater, followed by making soap from the lye and tallow.
While the methods are accurate, the scope of this book is much wider. Historical data is provided to young readers beginning with information about early Kentucky state-hood followed by a written and pictorial account of how life was different then.
This is the first of thirty planned books that could prove a valuable means of introducing young children to history. The book contains both illustrations and pictures relevant to the story and launches an educational series for children.