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Westward Expansion: An Interactive History Adventure
     

Westward Expansion: An Interactive History Adventure

by Allison Lassieur
 

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Describes the people and events of the age of Manifest Destiny and the American West. The reader's choices reveal the historical details from the perspective of a traveler on the Oregon Trail, a laborer, or a Sioux warrior.

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Describes the people and events of the age of Manifest Destiny and the American West. The reader's choices reveal the historical details from the perspective of a traveler on the Oregon Trail, a laborer, or a Sioux warrior.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
The author describes the pioneers and native Americans who lived and traveled Westward to open the borders of the United States to begin a new age of expansion in the 1800s. Historical events, hopes, and dreams of individuals, arduous travel, and amazing discoveries move the stories along. As readers proceed on their preferred, selected reading paths, directions on the bottom of the pages offer readers a choice as to which way the action of the story can develop. As an example, a reader can seek fortune as a new settler, try to find a job in this new area, or assume the role of a native Indian warrior who wants to preserve the land he knows, from the strangers "invading" it. For each group, death is a reality, never far from their thoughts. All individuals are besieged with feelings of anxiety and fear about the decisions they make. The narration summarizes decisions made and the barriers which each group must confront in order to stake out territory and a life for themselves and/or their families. A classroom teacher can divide the class into settlers, soldiers, and Lakota Indians and create activities to give students opportunities to role play and sense associations with these different groups caught up in the history of our country. In addition, writing and research assignments can uncover more information about this period and the additional choices which these individuals actually faced. Most historical facts are presented by Lassieur without subjective comment, with short sentences and brief descriptions to help readers imagine the setting. The text covers major events and those who lived through them, which helped change the face of the West. It is an excellent starting pointfrom which parents and teachers can expand a young reader's investigation of how people coped with mammoth changes. This reviewer wishes that more detail might have been included in Chapter One about the variety of motivations the settlers had about leaving their homes and families to rush into an untamed area full of danger and unknown disasters. Sensitive young readers might be upset by the stark and tragic endings which their selected paths lead them to as they read the book. Perhaps more illustrations depicting the vastness and emptiness of the landscape might help to emphasize the huge changes individuals experienced. A time line from 1803 through 1890 is provided, along with a page labeled "Other Paths to Explore," a brief list of additional readings, an easy FactHound Internet website to explore and a Glossary. The book is part of the series "You Choose" and offers three story paths, forty-seven choices, amid nineteen endings. The author should be commended for the creativity of her approach which helps make this part of history come alive. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781515742593
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
07/15/2016
Series:
You Choose: History Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
366,312
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Allison Lassieur has written more than 100 books on many topics, including history, biography, science, and current events. She has also written fiction novels and short stories, puzzles, and activities. When she isn't busy writing, Allison enjoys knitting, spinning, and reading good novels. Allison lives in Trenton, Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and a houseful of pets.

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