"You can't build a proper house out of sod!" Ma cried. "Oh, yes, you can!" Lem boomed back at her. His loud, cheery voice carried across the prairie. "I'll come back tomorrow and show you how! Meanwhile, you stake out the corners of your house. Make sure you line up one wall with the North Star." "Why should we do that?" I asked. "Out here you want your house to stand square against the world," Lem said. "So you have to line it up with the stars!" "Sounds like a lot of foolishness to me," Ma grumbled. But Lem just laughed. Lem got back on his horse. "See you tomorrow!" he called. I liked what Lem had said. I liked the idea of having a house that stood square against the world. And one that lined up with the stars. Book jacket.
Square Agains the World
Perfection Learning Corporation
The Story of a Sod House
Cover-To-Cover Chapter Books: Settling the West