West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi (Dear America Series)

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The first humorous book in the Dear America series, West to a Land of Plenty follows an Italian girl's immigrant family as they move from New York City to a utopian community in the frontier West.

While traveling in 1883 with her Italian American family (including a meddlesome little sister) and other immigrant pioneers to a utopian community in Idaho, fourteen-year-old Teresa keeps a diary of her experiences along the way.

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Overview

The first humorous book in the Dear America series, West to a Land of Plenty follows an Italian girl's immigrant family as they move from New York City to a utopian community in the frontier West.

While traveling in 1883 with her Italian American family (including a meddlesome little sister) and other immigrant pioneers to a utopian community in Idaho, fourteen-year-old Teresa keeps a diary of her experiences along the way.

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Fourteen-year-old Teresa relates the adventures of her family's exodus from New York City to the Idaho Territory in 1883 to join a farming commune. While the second part of the journey by white top is reminiscent of all such wagon train literature from the Oregon Trail on, the first half by locomotive to Minnesota covers new and interesting material. Having grown up with an Italian mother, Murphy is comfortable with the warm, volatile nature of his Sicilian characters, and especially shines in his portrayal of the grandmother, Nonna, with her endless aphorisms. He brings his piece of the "Dear America" diary series to life.
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Gr 4-8Italian-American Teresa Viscardi and her family travel to the Idaho Territory along with a number of other Easterners to settle in a town aptly named Opportunity. Her diary begins on the train that will take them to the Dakota Territory where they must then buy wagons, oxen, and horses to transport them across the rugged landscape. Teresa struggles to understand her father's decision to move thousands of miles from the home she loves, admires her mother's strength and courage, and accepts her younger sister Netta's persistence in reading and writing in her diary. After suffering through sickness, the presence of Indians, her father's sudden silver fever, and Netta's subsequent death, Teresa finds solace and comfort in her family's ability to stay together. Reminiscent of a Willa Cather heroine, the girl is resourceful, strong-minded, and intelligent. Her coming-of-age is complete after she saves herself and her grandmother from thieves. Engaging, colorful characters abound. Teresa's last entry, in the epilogue dated 1952, speaks of the woman's contentment with her life and the peace she feels. It is addressed to Netta, Teresa's way of keeping her sister's memory alive. Excellent archival photos and notes enhance the presentation of this historical novel.Janet Gillen, Great Neck Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590738880
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1992
  • Series: Dear America Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 7.64 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    I think it was an amazing book and can't wait to read it again

    I think it was an amazing book and can't wait to read it again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2005

    great

    this book was great. if you haven't read it yet, it's about an italian girl named teresa who lives in nyc in the 1800s, and she's movin to idaho and is completely heartbroken etc. i won't spoil it for you, but it's amazing. i was crying at the end cause it was happy AND sad. i lent it to a friend of mine who HATES (and i mean HATES) readin, and she so loved this book. awesome book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2005

    A Must Read!!

    This book has been very well thought out. One has two points of view, Teresa's and Antionetta, and both differ greatly, but it never loses the readers attention for having two characters like so many other books do with multiple characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2003

    Good book, but...

    I like this book, it deals with real life stuff, but I don't like the way it was written. I think it is a good book, I just don't like the style. Still a Good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2000

    I love this book!!!!

    This book was the second book of the Dear America Diary colection,I read.I fell in love with this book and now it is my favorite book.I am 14 years old and hope to read all of the book`s.It is about a girl going west and is haveing a romance.With a boy named John Wilson Anderson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2000

    Write in Your Diary

    I have just started reading this book but so far I like it. I like the diary entries; it is kind of different for a change. No chapters. This is the first book of the series I have read and I will try to read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 1999

    This was a great book!

    This was a Great book. If you like a book that is funny and sad get this book right away and start reading. You won't be able to put it down!

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