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Wild West Days
     

Wild West Days

by David C. King
 
Join twelve-year-old Tom, his eleven-year-old sister, Amy, and their little brother, Tad, in Wyoming Territory in 1878. Share the fun, adventure, and hard work of daily life in the Wild West. You'll discover exciting games, make toys and crafts, and perform everyday activities just like Tom, Amy, and Tad. Make your own ranch-style scrambled eggs and cook up a batch of

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Join twelve-year-old Tom, his eleven-year-old sister, Amy, and their little brother, Tad, in Wyoming Territory in 1878. Share the fun, adventure, and hard work of daily life in the Wild West. You'll discover exciting games, make toys and crafts, and perform everyday activities just like Tom, Amy, and Tad. Make your own ranch-style scrambled eggs and cook up a batch of delicious sourdough flapjacks. Paint an Acoma bowl, build a model pueblo, make a pioneer cap to wear, or weave a basket from a few simple materials. You can twist together a lariat to wear as a belt, or practice knot tying -- that is, if you have time after the mustang-and-cowboys board game or the party pinata project. Wild West Days is filled with interesting historical information and fun facts about growing up in days gone by. Discover how different -- and how similar -- life was for American kids in history.

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Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
Part of the "American Kids in History" series. Readers follow 11-year-old Amy and her brothers Tom and little Tad as they work and play in the Wyoming Territory of 1879. Each subsection begins with a small chapter in the lives of the Thayers and their employees on the ranch. As in other books in the series, each season brings new games, toys to make, skills to master, holidays to celebrate, and things to cook. Full directions for a variety of projects are given: creating a brand stamp of chamois or felt; making fruit leather; measuring distance by triangulation or the "hat brim" method used by soldiers; or weaving a basket. Since the imaginary Thayer family brings cattle to Wyoming from Texas, projects with a Mexican or Native American heritage are also included. Directions range in difficulty but many can be followed by second and third graders with adult help while older children could work independently. Useful sidebars inform readers of black cowboys, the end of the bison, round-ups, Hispanic heritage in the West, and other topics of interest. A must for adults such as teachers and youth leaders who plan hands-on activities around cowboys and the westward movement, this book provides both information and entertainment for individual children as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613165754
Publisher:
San Val
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Pages:
118
Product dimensions:
10.73(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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