The Snowshoeing Adventure of Milton Daub, Blizzard Trekker

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Amid a terrible blizzard . . . a young boy braves the cold alone. The Bronx, New York, 1888. The snowstorm of the century has buried Milton Daub's town under ice and snow. His family needs milk, and his neighbor needs medicine. With help from his father, Milton crafts a pair of makeshift snowshoes. He bundles up and sets out into the blizzard. Will Milton's homemade snowshoes bring him safely home again

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Amid a terrible blizzard . . . a young boy braves the cold alone. The Bronx, New York, 1888. The snowstorm of the century has buried Milton Daub's town under ice and snow. His family needs milk, and his neighbor needs medicine. With help from his father, Milton crafts a pair of makeshift snowshoes. He bundles up and sets out into the blizzard. Will Milton's homemade snowshoes bring him safely home again

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Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
In 1888, a terrible blizzard affected the Northeastern United States. Snow and ice buried much of the land found between Maine and Maryland. In this story, Milton Daub's mother said she needed milk for the baby, but the snow was so deep she knew she wouldn't be able to get any. Milton and his father make a pair of snow shoes and he sets off to town. On his way home, many people saw him carrying milk and asked if he could sell them some. When the first load had been sold, Milton went back to the store and bought more and had to go back one more time before he headed home. He explained to his parents that people still needed things and so he went out again. Milton was able to deliver medicine, food, and milk to all the people in the town. But, at one point, his snow shoe broke. Will Milton be able to get home safely? The illustrations are excellent, and the story flows; however, had the book been longer, more about the actual excursion could have been included. The majority of pages show people asking for milk or medicine and Milton delivering it. This book was written in graphic form which is perfect for a reluctant reader as well as an avid reader. This book is part of the "History's Kid Heroes" series. At the end of the book the authors include sections called Afterword, Further Reading and Websites, and information about the author, adapter, and illustrator. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
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Gr 2–4—These books provide exciting glimpses into the past, with just the right amount of tension and intensity to capture readers' attention. Each volume shows how even young children can have their lives change from ordinary to extraordinary in just a matter of moments. Readers will dash into the ocean with young Sam Deal as he rescues victims of a shipwreck. Then they will bite their fingernails while the tension builds as Abbie Burgess tries to keep the lighthouse lit and save her family as well. In yet another entry, kids can witness the strange snowy world of Milton Daub as he traverses his neighborhood, helping all in need after a blizzard. The texts are a tad stilted at times and the illustrations slightly flat, so they might not be appealing to older kids, but they will serve as good introductions to graphic novels and historical fiction for early readers. Added bonuses are the brief yet informative introductions and afterwords providing more facts about the settings.—Carol Hirsche, Provo City Library, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761361947
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe
  • Publication date: 8/28/2010
  • Series: History's Kid Heroes Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,256,029
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted August 30, 2010

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    A mesmerizing tale

    A blizzard began to rage over the Northeastern United States in March of 1888. Little did anyone know that this massive storm would rage for three days. The "snow and ice buried the land from Maine to Maryland," yet the most amazing and frightening thing was that "thousands of birds fell frozen from bushes and buildings where they had huddled for shelter." Soon all communication was cut off and people in need of food and medicine were unable to travel from their homes. Trains were stranded and "waves damaged countless boats and sank more than two hundred of them," but there was a sharp witted, twelve-year-old boy in the Bronx named Milton Daub who was not one to be deterred by the Great Blizzard of '88.

    School had been cancelled and because of the dangerous storm no one could go out. The Daub family of seven was safe, but Milton's mother said, "I do wish I had milk for the baby." Milton offered to go out, but his father quickly said, "Don't be foolish, Milton! You'd be buried out there." There were pictures of snowshoes in his geography book and he convinced his father to help him make some. His father tied a rope around his waist just in case he sank into the snow. The cold was brutal..."BRRRRR!" Milton pulled a sled, carefully taking note of landmarks so he wouldn't get lost on the way to Mr. Ash's grocery store. His mission was successful, but there were many more people who could use the help of this young, daring boy. Would he be up to the monumental task that lay ahead of him? Would he be able to help those people who so desperately needed food, milk, and medicine?

    This is an exciting story about Milton Daub, a "kid hero" who ventured out in the Great Blizzard of '88 to help his neighbors. I quickly found myself immersed in a truly fascinating graphic novel that will inspire many people, young and old alike. There was enough introductory information to entice the young reader to plow into this great adventure. The tension and urgency of the situation was quickly evident, but Milton's only concern was to help out his family. The task soon went beyond his family and he had to make a decision to help others in need. The artwork was clean, crisp, and caught the subtle emotional expressions on the faces of the stranded neighbors. This is an excellent way for a young reader to learn a bit of history in an action-packed book with none other than a kid hero!

    Quill says: If you want to read a mesmerizing tale of a true to life "kid hero," Milton Daub will show you what bravery is all about!

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