The Pioneers Go West

The Pioneers Go West

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by George R. Stewart
     
 

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In the spring of 1844, eleven covered wagons set off from Council Bluffs, Iowa, and headed west toward California. On the long and arduous journey, the pioneers had dangerous encounters with Indians and buffalo. They endured inclement weather and difficult terrain, near-starvation and disaster. But, miraculously, they survived. Based on the journal of a… See more details below

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In the spring of 1844, eleven covered wagons set off from Council Bluffs, Iowa, and headed west toward California. On the long and arduous journey, the pioneers had dangerous encounters with Indians and buffalo. They endured inclement weather and difficult terrain, near-starvation and disaster. But, miraculously, they survived. Based on the journal of a seventeen-year-old boy who rode in that caravan to Sacramento, here is a gripping firsthand account of the opening up of the American West.

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
This offering from the fine "Landmark Books" series of the 1950s currently being reissued takes on the westward trek. While most trail books cover the Oregon emigrants of 1846 and on, Pioneers is unusual because it follows the first California-bound wagon train of 1844 instead. Stewart bases his facts on the memoirs of Moses Schallenberger, a teenager at the time of the journey. Young Mose had a temper and was prone to practical jokes. His adventures with runaway cattle, Paiute Indians, and wintering alone in a snow-bound pass of the Sierra Nevadas two years before the Donner Party immortalized the same spot, should catch the interest of young readers. 1997 (orig.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394891804
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/28/1987
Series:
Landmark Bks.
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 7.58(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile:
920L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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