Your Life as a Pioneer on the Oregon Trail

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You just tried out for the school play. And who wants the lead part more than anyone? YOU! Imagine racing horseback across the plains. Making your own rules. Roasting marshmallows and hot dogs around the campfire. But be careful what you wish for. That might not be the way it was for a pioneer on the Oregon Trail ...

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Overview

You just tried out for the school play. And who wants the lead part more than anyone? YOU! Imagine racing horseback across the plains. Making your own rules. Roasting marshmallows and hot dogs around the campfire. But be careful what you wish for. That might not be the way it was for a pioneer on the Oregon Trail ...

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leigh Geiger
Young readers are asked to imagine that they are playing the role of young mother in 1847 in Independence, MO who is about to set off with her husband and three children for a five-month journey to Oregon to start a new life. The text brings this role to life through very simple actions which could easily be re-played by young readers with very little adult supervision. With some embellishment, it might also be the basis for a more formal classroom drama. Gunderson presents a clear view of day-to-day conditions on the trip, including a superficial but effective look at the pioneer wagons, the dismal food, fear of wild animals, "bathroom" facilities, recreation, trading with Indians and the diseases that plagued the pioneers. Gunderson uses a "play director" and sidebars to introduce some interesting facts about the Oregon Trail such as the origin of the phrase "I'm stumped" and the medicine bags available at the time for dealing with pain and colds. Dougherty's colorful cartoon-like illustrations play down some of the hardships but will engage young readers. Reviewer: Leigh Geiger, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404872509
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: The Way It Was
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,452,377
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has written more than fifty books for young readers. Her book Ropes of Revolution won the 2008 Moonbeam Award for best graphic novel. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and cat.

Born and raised in the limbo of suburban Philadelphia, Rachel flung herself into slightly southward city-living in pursuit of art school. She attended Maryland Institute College of Art from 2006-2010, knuckling through their Illustration department painting by painting. Now recently transplanted back to Philly, Rachel enjoys cutthroat games of boggle, watching old westerns, and eating anything with hot sauce. Her greatest goal in every work she paints is to make her audience point and laugh.

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