Striking It Rich: The Story of the California Gold Rush

Striking It Rich: The Story of the California Gold Rush

by Stephen Krensky, Anna Divito, Anna Divito
     
 

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When word got out that gold had been discovered at Sutter's Fort in 1849, gold fever swept the nation, bringing permanent settlers to California and most other regions of the far west. This lively and accessible account is chock full of information that describes the living conditions of the prospectors, the profiteers who sold them supplies, and other fascinating… See more details below

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When word got out that gold had been discovered at Sutter's Fort in 1849, gold fever swept the nation, bringing permanent settlers to California and most other regions of the far west. This lively and accessible account is chock full of information that describes the living conditions of the prospectors, the profiteers who sold them supplies, and other fascinating details. Gently humorous drawings complete this easy-to-read glimpse into an exciting and important period of American history.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Krensky relays the history of the gold rush systematically, beginning with the 1848 discovery at Sutter's Mill. The methods of traveling to California (by sea, overland or Panama Canal) are explained, followed by the trials and tribulations of the hunt itself once the gold fields were attained. It's a good, basic history of the event, and DiVito's colorful illustrations are cheerful and help to make the book a page-turner. This is a nonfiction chapter book rated at reading Level 3.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4The numerous cartoon-style illustrations, large print, and beginning-to-read look will help lure newly independent readers to this title. The straightforward factual account includes the 1848 discovery of gold, the spread of gold fever, the land and sea routes to California, the life of the miners, the injustices to immigrants, the population growth, and the economic development of northern California. The hand-drawn map is, unfortunately, difficult to read. Striking It Rich is nonetheless an appealing introduction to a fascinating chapter in our country's past and might draw readers to more in-depth presentations like Rhoda Blumberg's The Great American Gold Rush (Bradbury, 1989).Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
Kirkus Reviews
History in highly congenial style—wit sizzles in both text and illustration—marks this entry in the Ready-to-Read series a winner. As the book, subtitled "The Story of the California Gold Rush," opens, San Francisco is still a sleepy little town, rife with rumors of gold that soon gain legs. In 1848, while helping build a sawmill in the hills east of the city, carpenter James Marshall stumbles upon what proves to be a gold nugget. Soon the news filters eastward, luring some to board ships and others to join wagon trains, all of them headed for the goldfields of California.

Krensky (see review, above) handles the era of the Forty- Niners from beginning to end; his account bristles with solid facts presented with an eye for the wry. The fun extends to pictures, lavish in number; that miners lived in places like Bedbug or Grizzly Flats makes for good copy, but seeing what they did to dress up their beards for Sundays makes the whole thing laugh-out-loud funny. Beginning readers will cherish this brand of history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689808036
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Series:
Ready-to-Read Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.87(w) x 8.87(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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