Araminta's Paint Box

Araminta's Paint Box

by Karen Ackerman, Betsy Lewin
     
 

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When her family moves to California in 1847, Araminta and her paint box become separated, but through a series of new owners, the box finds it way across the country and back to its owner. The paint box changes hands as it travels across the U.S.--from a Dutch farmer to a gambler, from a young bride to a Mormon family--taking readers on a journey across the newly

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When her family moves to California in 1847, Araminta and her paint box become separated, but through a series of new owners, the box finds it way across the country and back to its owner. The paint box changes hands as it travels across the U.S.--from a Dutch farmer to a gambler, from a young bride to a Mormon family--taking readers on a journey across the newly settled country. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Eileen Hanning
In 1847, young Araminta Darling makes a journey from Boston to California with her parents. As she rides in the back of a covered wagon, Araminta makes pictures with the paints from a special paint box her uncle gave her. Somewhere in Pennsylvania a boulder in the trail sends the wagon's contents flying, including the paint box. Only after the wagon is repaired and the Darlings are on their way again does Araminta realize her paint box is missing. The box continues its journey west with a gambler, an army officer's wife, a Mormon family, and a prospector, and finally ends up back in Araminta's hands. This picture book provides a unique perspective on the transcontinental journey made by pioneering folks in the 1840s. Young readers will get a sense of how challenging travel by horse and wagon could be. Araminta's Paint Box may be useful in primary classrooms to discuss the Gold Rush and western expansion. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- Araminta journeys from Boston to California with her parents in 1847, carrying with her a beloved box of paints. Along the way, the paint box is jolted out of the covered wagon and found by a young boy. Passing hands many times, the box eventually lands in the hands of a gold prospector on his way to California. After being treated by a local doctor for snakebite, he offers to pay in gold, which he is carrying in the box. The doctor, however, refuses anything more than the wooden mining box for payment, delighted to find a box so like the one his daughter had lost so long ago. He plans to make a new paint box for Araminta, bringing the story to full cycle. Although contrived, this is still an engaging way to present a slice of early American history to young children. Pen-and-watercolor illustrations charmingly capture the lighthearted spirit of this westward saga. --Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689820915
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.04(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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