Gold Rush!: The Young Prospector's Guide to Striking It Rich

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This guide combines treasure hunting and historical facts in a fun, informative way. Explaining all young readers need to know to go prospecting in the United States and Canada, "Gold Rush!" provides an introduction to the wacky personalities and fascinating circumstances that led to some of the world's greatest gold--and other mineral--rushes. Photos and illustrations.

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Overview

This guide combines treasure hunting and historical facts in a fun, informative way. Explaining all young readers need to know to go prospecting in the United States and Canada, "Gold Rush!" provides an introduction to the wacky personalities and fascinating circumstances that led to some of the world's greatest gold--and other mineral--rushes. Photos and illustrations.

Discusses the creation, history, and location of gold, describes tools used by prospectors, and provides instructions on how to find and pan for gold.

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Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
James Klein has appeared as a gold-prospecting expert on ABC, CBS, and NBC television networks, and has been featured on radio programs and newspapers nationwide. He now dispenses his considerable knowledge to young people in this sturdy paperback, subtitled "The Young Prospector's Guide to Striking It Rich." Klein offers an overview of gold-mining history from the Egyptians to the California Gold Rush. There are fun facts about gold-can you believe that all the gold discovered so far in the world would fit in a school gym. Luckily, not all the world's gold has been found and with the instructions he provides, a young prospector just might strike it rich. Rohani's quirky, comical black-and-white illustrations are interspersed with vintage photographs and explanatory diagrams. While stylistically at odds, this blend of visual information does help explain mining procedures and equipment and puts a human face on historical statistics.
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A fascinating guide for children about how to strike it rich by prospecting for gold in their own backyardsÞand not just in California backyards. While recounting the history of gold-mining, Klein encourages readers to look for gold. He conveys his enthusiasm for gold- seeking by describing tools used by prospectors and providing detailed instructions on how to find and pan for gold: "Experts believe that only 10% of the gold in California has been discovered. That means there is still plenty of gold for you to find!" A question-and-answer presentation lays the information out clearly: What is gold? (a mineral); how is gold measured? (by karats); how often does the value of gold change? (daily). Klein explains how the Cro-Magnons, Egyptians, and Romans mined gold long before the gold rushes in the US. While the writing can be hackneyed, the coverage compensates, with sections on women in the camps, celebrities of the gold rush, Native American, Mexican, Hawaiian, Chilean, African-American, and Jewish miners (including the most famous of the ex-miners, Levi Strauss), and more. After reading about how to work a sluice, where to find gold, even how to talk like a miner, readers will be more than ready to hit pay dirt. (b&w illustrations and photos, graphs, charts, notes, maps) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883672645
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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