For his 15th birthday in 1805, young Noah Blake's parents gave him a little leatherbound diary in which he recorded the various activities on his father's farm. This reprint of the actual early nineteenth-century book provides today's readers with a charming rarity: a view of bygone days through the eyes of a young boy. Eric Sloane has taken the notebook with its brief comments and expanded the daily entries with explanatory narrative and 72 of his own delightful drawings. The result is a remarkable window onto the customs and preoccupations of rural New England two centuries ago. Paperback, 108 pages.