Westward Ho!: The Story of the Pioneers

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For over half a century, Landmark Books have been an important part of children's libraries. Hailed as the first historical series for kids, Landmark Books show us where we've been and where we're going. Westward Ho! tells the stories of the many pioneers who settled the American West. The pioneers' daring and determination stand even today as examples of the courageous American spirit. On each page you'll find simple, informative text and full-color illustrations. Find out the answers to questions such as: What ...
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Overview

For over half a century, Landmark Books have been an important part of children's libraries. Hailed as the first historical series for kids, Landmark Books show us where we've been and where we're going. Westward Ho! tells the stories of the many pioneers who settled the American West. The pioneers' daring and determination stand even today as examples of the courageous American spirit. On each page you'll find simple, informative text and full-color illustrations. Find out the answers to questions such as: What kinds of people decided to become pioneers? Why did the pioneers leave their homes in the East? How did the pioneers travel? What boy was trapped by himself in a log cabin for an entire winter? Who are some famous pioneers?

Depicts the settlement of the American west during the 1800s.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
A lively, conversational text combined with a large format and many colored drawings to help make this volume of the "Picture Landmark Books" history series, useful and appealing to a wide age range. The 18 brief chapters begin with white settlers crossing the Appalachian Mountains, and continue with topics like Women of Courage, Lewis and Clark and Grizzlies and Buffalo. The author tries to present some aspects of western expansion from the points of view of women, Native Americans and African Americans. She also uses many amusing, poignant and sometimes startling anecdotes to help make history come alive. Includes index.
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Gr 2-4This book offers some useful and interesting information, but suffers from lack of detail and structure. The 18 double-page chapters, all heavily illustrated, cover pioneers in the United States from the late 1700s to the mid-1800s. Some chapters start with present-tense descriptions of typical wagon train events, such as a birth, then shift, sometimes abruptly, to straight descriptive information. Chapters featuring notable individuals are interspersed between more general ones, adding to the jumbled effect. The only map is on the frontispiece and lacks date and mountain range identification. The roughly chronological arrangement moves from early Appalachian pioneers to later west coast expansion, but incidents and anecdotes often interrupt the sequence. Davy Crockett appears before Lewis and Clark, and the lawmen and criminals from the 1870s are mentioned (without dates) before the California Gold Rush. Other dates are also missing. The author does a decent job of capturing the adventurous pioneer spirit, but, with the exception of the Gold Rush, generally passes over the various reasons why families chose to endure the hardships of a westward move. Though sod homes and log cabins are described, the focus is on the journeys of pioneers; the establishment of new communities and towns is not mentioned. Despite the awkward arrangement, the writing is solid, with many brief anecdotes and summaries of first-person accounts. The plentiful illustrations lend an inviting air to the large pages, though they are unspectacular. A flawed but serviceable addition.Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375821998
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/23/2002
  • Series: Landmark Bks.
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Table of Contents

I. The Great Unknown 2
II. Westward Ho! 4
III. Taming the Wilderness 6
IV. Defense! 8
V. Kings of the Wild Frontier 10
VI. Pioneer Children 12
VII. Women of Courage 14
VIII. Corn for Breakfast 16
IX. Lewis and Clark 18
X. Trail of Tears 20
XI. Prairie Schooners 22
XII. Alone in the Wilderness 24
XIII. The Donner Party 26
XIV. Horse Thieves and Cattle Rustlers 28
XV. Women on the Trail 30
XVI. Grizzly Bears and Buffalo 32
XVII. Gold! 34
XVIII. The Pony Express 36
Index 39
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