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Children of the Wild West by George Buctel, Russell Freedman
Historical photographs show what life was like for pioneer and Indian children growing up in the American West during the late nineteenth century.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||8.75(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.34(d)|
|Lexile:||1010L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||10 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Russell Freedman received the Newbery Medal for LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, the Sibert Medal, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City.
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Children of the Wild West based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This book tells all about the pioneer days the teachers, the struggles of getting to the west and many col pictures that basically tell the story for you.
Trade books such as this one provide a means for history to come alive. Integrating this book into 4th & 5th grade Social Studies classes takes children out of the dry and dull text book mode and into the 'real world' which is, after all, what we're supposed to be doing. This book offers us, as teachers, a unique opportunity to grab at the background of our students and relate it to other things (like living in a wagon or being a Native American and forced to go to school a thousand miles away.) Not a book for casual reading, but certainly a book for a professional educator.
(I was assigned this book as part of the several we must read for a Social Studies Methods course.) This isn't the sort of book that you would want to read in one sitting; jump around. The pictures are very nice and they could potentially spark some interesting classroom discussions, but, unfortunately, the wording seems very similar to that of a elementary-school classroom textbook. However, if you're a history buff, I suppose this book would be for you.