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Calling Papa Home

Story Stats

Rating: 5
Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7
Page count: 11



Appeared in

Wisconsin Forest Tales

Story Summary

During the Great Peshtigo Forest Fire of 1871, Susanna's papa sets off to help his sister-in-law and her baby back to the river and safety. But before he can make it home the smoke is so thick he has no sense of direction. Luckily Susanna has the presence of mind to climb the bell tower of the old school house and ring the school bell giving her papa a beacon of sound to follow.