Wagons Ho!by George Hallowell, Joan Holub, Lynne Avril
Two girls move from Missouri to Oregon one in 1846 and one in 2011. One trip takes five months and the other five days. One trip is in a covered wagon, the other in a car. But both girls will miss their old homes and worry about the long trip. Both girls stop at well-known landmarks and travel the Rocky Mountains. And as each girl reaches her new home, she
Two girls move from Missouri to Oregon one in 1846 and one in 2011. One trip takes five months and the other five days. One trip is in a covered wagon, the other in a car. But both girls will miss their old homes and worry about the long trip. Both girls stop at well-known landmarks and travel the Rocky Mountains. And as each girl reaches her new home, she finds her new room and her new friends. Wagons Ho! is a unique look at both history and the concerns all kids have when moving to a new home.
This spry outing contrasts parallel westward journeys of two families—one traveling by covered wagon in 1846, the other by car, trailer and moving van in a modern-day relocation.
Each travelogue is narrated by a big sister, a device that deftly reveals the striking differences—and similarities—between children in the two eras. Jenny says, "Our trip will take five months, from May to September. I've heard that some people die on the trail. I hope we survive the journey." Katie journals, "Our trip will take five days, from Monday to Friday....All that driving—not to mention my brother driving me crazy the whole way. How will I survive?" The pioneering Johnsons must sell livestock and leave behind heavy furniture. Jenny and her brother Ned walk most of the way, leaving the jouncing wagon's 4x10-foot interior for provisions. The Millers ship or stow most possessions and utilize hotels en route. Children will respond to the emotions linking the children across time—Jenny must give away her beloved cat, while Katie observes "All I do is say goodbye." Avril's appealing illustrations combine cartoonish, kid-friendly sequencing and engaging details. Design elements that include split panels and contrasting typography highlight the dual experiences, while speech bubbles and chatty details unite them.
Vibrantly enlivening pioneer migration for primary readers, this is a fine addition for both home and classroom. (preface) (Informational picture book. 6-9)
Meet the Author
George Halloweel is an architect, award-winning photographers, author of numerous articles, and a PhD student who has an interest in buried treasure, old mining towns, and historic villages. He has visited every state in the USA except Alaska, and has hiked on the Oregon Trail. This is his first book.
Joan Holub is the author of over 120 books for children including Apple Countdown and Twinkle, Star of the Week. She worked as an art director for a a graphic design firm and dor a children's book publisher before turning to creating children's books full time. She lives in North Carolina. joanholub.com
After years of freelancing as a graphic artist, Lynne Avril fell into illustrating children's books...and has done over 65, including The No-Good Do-Good Pirates and If I Ran for President. Her books have been selected for awards by the Junior Library Guild, the Society of School Librarians International, the Children's Book Council, and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. She lives in Arizona.
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