Water at the Blue Earth

Water at the Blue Earth

by Ann Howard Creel
     
 

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The story of an unlikely friendship, life on the frontier and how the protagonist, Wren, deals with complex issues and ultimately a crucial decision. Set in late 19th century Colorado, Water At the Blue Earth includes a little known yet very interesting chapter of Colorado's history.See more details below

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The story of an unlikely friendship, life on the frontier and how the protagonist, Wren, deals with complex issues and ultimately a crucial decision. Set in late 19th century Colorado, Water At the Blue Earth includes a little known yet very interesting chapter of Colorado's history.

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Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
When 12-year-old Wren Taylor moves west in 1854 to live at Fort Massachusetts, in what is now southwest Colorado, she had to make many adjustment to her new surroundings and life-style. Since her physician father and pregnant mother were often occupied with their own work and concerns, Wren often felt lonely and alienated from the mostly unfriendly children in her new, one-room school. This changed as Wren met and gradually overcame her prejudices to become friends with Luther, a blind Ute student, who taught her that there are many ways to see and appreciate her new environment. When she hears that soldiers are preparing to attack Luther's peaceful band, she is forced to make a difficult and dangerous decision. The novel is written in the first person, from Wren's point of view, using a rather formal but poetic style. A Foreword and Author's Note on the historical background and a Further Reading section are included.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6--In 1854, 12-year-old Wren Taylor and her parents travel from Boston to her father's new medical post, Fort Massachusetts, in New Mexico territory. Unsure around other children, Wren gradually befriends Luther, a blind Ute sent to the fort's school to learn English. Together, the friends explore the territory, learning about one another's culture in the process. When tensions between the settlers and the Utes arise, the courageous Wren must decide where her true loyalties lie. The author provides an accurate, fair portrayal of white and Native American characters. A few historical facts have been rearranged for storytelling purposes, but the author has poured a lot of research into a simple telling. Prejudices of the time are incorporated, including the military caste system, but no characters are seen as right or wrong. Wren often seems older than her years, frequently foreshadowing events with her dire predictions. The Ute culture is sympathetically portrayed, although some readers may question the abilities shown by Luther. An easy, worthwhile read that's sure to start discussions of loyalty and the obligations of friendship.--Mary B. McCarthy, Windsor Severance Library District, CO

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ISBN-13:
9781570982248
Publisher:
Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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