All About America: Wagon Trains and Settlers

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Overview

About the Series

Action-packed and meticulously researched, with specially-commissioned illustration, detailed reconstructions and original artwork from each period, reading lists, and resources for further study, this series is an immersive introduction to the history that shaped America.

 

With today's the coast-to-coast connectivity, it is hard for young readers to imagine exactly how difficult and dangerous it was to set out by wagon to settle the West during the great migration of the 1800's. Using original photographs and archival material from the period, along with dynamic illustration and imaginative, historically accurate writing, this book explains the experiences, difficulties, and dangers faced by those early settlers. From daily life on the wagon train, to resupplying at forts, confrontations with Indians, treacherous mountain crossings, and constant struggle, this book gives contemporary readers a glimpse of the enormous challenges of America's Westward Expansion. At the back a complete timeline, glossary, and resources for further exploration will help young readers take their learning beyond the book as they imagine what life was like for those first settlers.

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
One of the most important periods in America's history is the settlement of the West. The settlers endured long trips on wagon trains as they traveled across plains, deserts, and mountains from the eastern part of the country. The dangers were many, from accidents along the trail, illnesses, Indian attacks, weather, and much more. The text and numerous illustrations of different areas of this period are presented in double-page spreads. In the 1840s, people began their trek, seeking a new life and the promise of land. Families traveled by wagons pulled by oxen, mules, or horses. Often, these heavily laden wagons broke down or were damaged when crossing rivers or difficult terrain. It was safer to travel in wagon trains, usually led by train officers and captains. Daily living on the trail was hard on everyone, especially the women and children who often had to walk alongside the wagons for many hours each day. Some settlers kept journals, recording the many dangers along the way. Everyone didn't survive these trips, and those who died were buried along the wagon trails. In 1862, The Homestead Act opened up government land in the West. The American Indians were forced out, and eventually given land called reservations. Settling in the west meant hard work for the brave families who had successfully made the trip. Eventually, towns and cities such as Oregon City were established. By 1890, most of the good land out West was settled, and wagon trains, no longer needed, faded away. The short text and plentiful visual aids give a good depiction of this important event in American history. Sidebars, illustrations, a glossary, a timeline, a list of websites, a booklist, and an index are included. Part of the "All About America" series. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
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All books contain double-page articles featuring a particular topic with sidebars for additional information. Illustrations are a mixture of paintings, engravings, and photographs of the period that the reader will enjoy viewing. Readers of all ages will enjoy these books but they are most appropriate for upper elementary students

The books in the All about America series pack a wealth of information into an attractively designed package. Double-page spreads, enhanced with photographs, color illustrations, reproductions, artifacts, maps, and sidebars, introduce each topic in detail. . . . All titles give careful consideration to Native American history, highlighting their displacement, noting that colonists and Indians often attacked each other, and emphasizing that more settlers died of disease than from attacks. A glossary, time line, and suggested books and websites add to this series' research value.

Focusing on specific time periods within American history, the books in the All about America series pack a wealth of information into an attractively designed package. Double-page spreads, enhanced with photographs, color illustrations, reproductions, artifacts, maps, and sidebars, introduce each topic in detail. . . . All titles give careful consideration to Native American history, highlighting their displacement, noting that colonists and Indians often attacked each other, and emphasizing that more settlers died of disease than from attacks. A glossary, time line, and suggested books and websites add to this series' research value.

These visually appealing titles effectively combine painting, engravings, primary documents, and photographs with cartoon illustrations. . . . The content is interesting and pithy. . . . Great resource for reports and good reading for children interested in hte specific periods and places.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753465837
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Series: All About America Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Todras is a freelance writer and editor and has written parts of many social studies textbooks. She is the author of Angelina Grimk_Voice of Abolition, a young-adult biography, and The Gettysburg Battlefield, part of the Symbols of American Freedom series. She loves history and enjoys bringing it to life for young people. She lives with her husband in Eugene, Oregon.

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