Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps

Updated on 10 January 2020


Grade 3 - Grade 6


History is full of fascinating stories of colorful characters, but some of the most interesting parts of history are really odd. You have probably seen scenes of government officials with their powdered white wigs, but in 1700s England and high-society in the American colonies, women created towering hairstyles. Decorations such as ships and flowers were sometimes added to their hairdos, especially if attending a big party. Taking hours to create, women used beef tallow and sugar-water to keep their hairdos in place. This fictional account explains a very real fashion trend and the problems it created for women trying to look stylish!


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Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps: Mrs. Paddington and the Silver Mousetraps Teaching Guide 1.28 MB PDF

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