This book, by local author Pat Gorthy, is great for children learning about the Erie Canal. It is set in the 1860s and tells the story of a 10-year-old girl named Emily Taylor. Emily makes the journey from Rochester, New York, along the Erie Canal to her grandparents peppermint farm in the town of Lyons, Wayne County, New York. She travels with her kitten, Sasha. Pat Gorthy wrote this story to be both entertaining and educational, researching the history of the Erie Canal and the production of peppermint. Perfect for grades 3-5.