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Oregon Trail: The Road to Destiny

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Based on their extensive research into personal accounts of the Oregon Trail, comic authors David Lasky and Frank Young have created a graphic narrative of one family's epic journey. The main character is an 11-year-old girl whose family sets course for the West to seek new opportunities and to escape the eastern city where they had been living. Oregon Trail reveals all of the planning, equipment, and logistics that went into traveling across an untamed continent in the 1800s. In addition to its visualization of ...
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Based on their extensive research into personal accounts of the Oregon Trail, comic authors David Lasky and Frank Young have created a graphic narrative of one family's epic journey. The main character is an 11-year-old girl whose family sets course for the West to seek new opportunities and to escape the eastern city where they had been living. Oregon Trail reveals all of the planning, equipment, and logistics that went into traveling across an untamed continent in the 1800s. In addition to its visualization of the family's journey, the book features a series of two-page spreads detailing a visual inventory of everything the family took with them, including the parts of a covered wagon and a personally annotated map of the trail. Readers get a ground-level feel for what it was like to be part of this storied migration west-not a dry recitation of dates and facts, but an immediately memorable living history.
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This is a story with action and pizzazz: SMASH! THUD! GRRRRRR... typical cartoon sound effects abound as the overland party fords rivers, meets with Indians, hunts game, crosses treacherous mountains, and copes with drought, disease, and heart-wrenching loss. There is plenty of historical information packed into these energetic pages, but kids are so busy being entertained they won't resist being educated at the same time - heck, they won't even notice!
Bellingham Herald

Simple paneling makes this graphic novel easy to read, even for novices to the format. A good addition as an introduction to an Oregon Trail unit or for supplemental materials on the subject.
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Gr 3–6—Rebecca Weston writes in her diary of her family's decision to leave Baltimore to travel the Oregon Trail. Her parents sell everything they own and buy supplies to make the dangerous trip. Children learn about the sacrifices made to try and start a new life far from home. Simple things like making meals and building fires are much harder when on the trail. Supplies needed and their cost; dangers from sickness and wild animals; and the many reasons for death along the way are all included in the 11-year-old's diary. Black-and-white sketches are well done, and the characters are easily differentiated. Simple paneling makes this graphic novel easy to read, even for novices to the format. A good addition as an introduction to an Oregon Trail unit or for supplemental materials on the subject.—Mariela Siegert, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570616495
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,445,594
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Young and David Lasky both live in Seattle.
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