If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon

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If you traveled west in a covered wagon
--Would you ride in the wagon for the whole trip?
--How would you cross rivers when there were no bridges?
--Without road signs, how would you know where you were?

This book tells you what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.

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Overview

If you traveled west in a covered wagon
--Would you ride in the wagon for the whole trip?
--How would you cross rivers when there were no bridges?
--Without road signs, how would you know where you were?

This book tells you what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
If you were traveling West in a covered wagon, you would have a lot of questions, including where you were going, how you would get there, and what you would take with you. You would wonder what would happen along the way, what you would do, and who and what you would see. Using a conversational tone and a question-and-answer format, the author draws readers into the preparations for the long trip to the Oregon Territory in the 1840's and ‘50's by answering these and many other practical questions in an honest and informational way. The information given, from start to finish, is very useful and descriptive and is presented in an age-appropriate manner. While the book itself is well written and thorough, it does have one small drawback. The book states that it is the new and updated version. It is larger and the illustrations are in full color, which is much more engaging. Unfortunately, it lacks a further reading page or a resource page including places to visit or web sites to explore. Overall, though, this a great resource book that children will enjoy and gain much from.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590451581
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Series: If You.
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 178,688
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.94 (w) x 7.36 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author


How did people escape on the Underground Railroad? What was it like to land on Ellis Island?How did it feel to travel the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon? Ellen Levine has revealed worldsof fascinating adventure with her nonfiction books for young readers.

Although Ellen Levine enjoys reading and writing fiction, most of her books for young readershave been nonfiction. “Writing nonfiction lets me in behind the scenes of the story. I enjoylearning new things and meeting new people, even if they lived 200 years ago.”

“Real heroes,” Levine says, “aren't necessarily on TV or in the news. They can be ordinarypeople who are willing to take risks for causes they believe in. Nonfiction offers a way tointroduce young readers to real people who have shown tremendous courage, even when facedwith great danger. All of us have the potential. And one doesn't have to be a grown-up,” sheadds.

When she's not writing, Levine likes to share the excitement of research and the importance ofaccuracy with young readers. “Many young people think research is dull; you go to anencyclopedia, copy information, give it a title, and call it a report.” Using her books asexamples, Ellen explains how to get other, more interesting information. “I may not mention theexact words, but I talk to young people about primary and secondary sources. If I'm speakingwith third graders, I ask them, 'Where would I go if I wanted to find out what it's like to be athird grader?' Most will say, 'Read a book.' But when they say, 'Ask a third grader,' I knowthey've understood what I mean by a primary source of inspiration.”

For If You Were an Animal Doctor, for example, Ellen witnessed an emergency operation on acow. While doing research in Wyoming for Ready, Aim, Fire!, her biography of Annie Oakley,she got to hold the gun Ms. Oakley is believed to have shot in the presence of the Queen ofEngland. “It gave me such a strong feeling about this person,” she says. “That's part of research,too.”

Ellen Levine is the author of many acclaimed books, both fiction and nonfiction. Among them:If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon, If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island, I Hate English!, If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King, and Secret Missions. Her recent book, Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories, was named one of the Ten Best Children's Books of the Year by The New York Times, and Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association.

Ellen divides her time between New York City and Salem, New York.

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  • Posted March 27, 2009

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    Very Good Book

    In the story, there were many wagons. The book is good and cool.






    ***This review was written by our 10 yr. old, 4th grade son who wanted this particular book.***

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2002

    If You Traveled West In A Covered Wagon

    This book answers many questions you have. What they did for fun? What there chores were. If you enjoy history you'd enjoy this book.

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