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Survival in the Snow

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Seventeen-year-old Moses was ready for an adventure. In 1844, he joined a wagon train traveling from Iowa to California. But as winter approached, the wagon train ran into trouble. Oxen started dying and supplies were running low. Some people went ahead for help. Moses stayed behind with the belongings. Can he find a way to survive on his own in the mountains during the long, cold winter?

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Overview

Seventeen-year-old Moses was ready for an adventure. In 1844, he joined a wagon train traveling from Iowa to California. But as winter approached, the wagon train ran into trouble. Oxen started dying and supplies were running low. Some people went ahead for help. Moses stayed behind with the belongings. Can he find a way to survive on his own in the mountains during the long, cold winter?

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Children's Literature - Heather Christensen
Moses Schallenberger was 17 years old when he set off for California with his sister and her husband. Their wagon train was the first to cross the Sierra Nevada range, and like the fated Donner party who made the attempt two years later, the party got caught in early winter storms. In an attempt to reach Sutter's Fort before heavy snow trapped them in the mountains, the party abandoned their possessions and advanced on horseback. Moses and two young men stayed behind to guard their things, with the understanding that help would return for them as soon as possible. According to an author's note, Moses's story is based on his own recollections of the event as related to his daughter many years afterward. Orback's illustrations capture the rugged landscape; although the human figures at times appear static or posed. Moses's struggle to survive on his own in the harsh environment of one of the "snowiest places in the world" will engage new readers, in spite of the sometimes uneven writing. The story complements a unit on the Western Migration, giving students a glimpse of the personal side of this important historical event. Reviewer: Heather Christensen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822578925
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: On My Own History Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ginger Wadsworth has written numerous books for Lerner Publishing Group. including Benjamin Banneker, Cesar Chavez (On My Own Biographies), and Annie Oakley (History Maker Biographies).

Known for his realistic yet painterly works, Craig Orbach has illustrated of a number of books in the On My Own series, as well as the the Kar-Ben picture book, Keeping The Promise: A Torah's Journey, and the Millbrook picture book Nature's Paintbox: A Seasonal Gallery of Art and Verse.

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