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Pioneer Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes
     

Pioneer Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes

by David C. King
 

Dozens of fun, hands-on projects and activities from the days of the American pioneers

Join twelve-year-old Sam Butler and his nine-year-old sister, Liz, on the American frontier in 1843. Discover the hard work, fun, and adventure of their daily lives, and along the way learn how to play games, make toys and crafts, and perform everyday activities just like Liz

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Dozens of fun, hands-on projects and activities from the days of the American pioneers

Join twelve-year-old Sam Butler and his nine-year-old sister, Liz, on the American frontier in 1843. Discover the hard work, fun, and adventure of their daily lives, and along the way learn how to play games, make toys and crafts, and perform everyday activities just like Liz and Sam.

You can make your own homemade soda pop and cook up a batch of johnnycakes. Use clay to create your own pottery and design a string of African trade beads, or learn the Native American art of sandpainting. You can even make your own holiday decorations out of dough or pinecones—if you're not too busy playing tangram, a Chinese puzzle game, or a beanbag target game.

Pioneer Days is filled with interesting bits of historical information and fun facts about growing up in days gone by. Discover how different—and how similar—life was for American kids in history.

Watch for Colonial Days the next exciting book in the American Kids in History series!

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-6An interesting and unusual assortment of history, culture, crafts, and stories to teach about the daily life of the pioneers. In chapters arranged by seasons, King chronicles the life of a fictional family. The women's work and pastimes are more detailed than those of the men, leading into the instructions for a variety of objects and foodstuffs that were fashioned by mothers and daughters, such as air-dried flowers, toys and games, homemade soda pop, johnnycakes, and various holiday ornaments. The author's research is evident, and the presentation of the activities and recipes is so engaging that the book will appeal to a wide audience. Shaded sidebars offer intriguing historical data about various customs and artifacts and explain how technology changed some of the traditional methods mentioned in the narrative. Suitable caveats are given with regard to getting adult help, or picking only flowers that do not belong to others. Churning butter and making cheese are often mentioned, but directions are not given. The bibliography is excellent. Pen-and ink drawings clearly demonstrate the steps for creating the various projects. A book that's enjoyable as well as educational.Marilyn Fairbanks, East Junior High School, Brockton, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471161691
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Series:
American Kids in History Series , #1
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 10.52(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

DAVID C. KING is a prolific author of books for children and young adults, including First Facts about American Heroes, America's Story, and The Heroic Age of American Invention. He has worked as a curriculum developer in both history and social studies, and as a high school English and history teacher.

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