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The Oregon Trail
     

The Oregon Trail

by Mel Friedman
 

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Read about this great migration into the American West and learn how it shaped our nation today. Inside you will find out:

How the United States gained ownership of the Oregon Territory;

Who helped discover the best routes west;

And what obstacles pioneers faced on their long journeys along the Oregon Trail.

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Read about this great migration into the American West and learn how it shaped our nation today. Inside you will find out:

How the United States gained ownership of the Oregon Territory;

Who helped discover the best routes west;

And what obstacles pioneers faced on their long journeys along the Oregon Trail.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heather N. Kolich
Short bursts of large-type text inform the reader of the history of the trail from inception to preservation. The first two chapters of this "A True Book" title explain the political and cultural motivations to colonize Oregon, including the struggle between the United States and Great Britain to claim the territory. Chapter three describes the explorers who mapped out pieces of the route and helps readers understand that the wagon trail developed over time. In chapters four and five, Friedman provides a quick sense of the daily routine of pioneers traveling on the trail, and some of the challenges they faced, such as river crossings, deadly weather and disease. The final chapter covers statehood and the transcontinental railroad that drew many travelers away from the Oregon Trail. A special section called "The Big Truth" features pioneer, Ezra Meeker, who made the journey west in 1852, then in the early 1900s, worked to preserve the Oregon Trail in the nation's memory. Each colorful spread includes maps, paintings and/or photographs captioned by quick facts in a jaunty font. A page of "True Statistics" at the end of the book provides an eye-popping summary of travel on the Oregon Trail. A list of resources, a glossary, and an author's page complete the book. Reviewer: Heather N. Kolich

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531230633
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Series:
Cornerstones of Freedom, Third Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
692,131
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
990L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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