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Stories of Young Pioneers: In Their Own Words
     

Stories of Young Pioneers: In Their Own Words

by Violet T. Kimball
 
"Stories of Young Pioneers: In Their Own Words" has won the 2001 Spur Award for "Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction" presented by Western Writer's of America; 2001 Book of the Year from Foreword Magazine in Young Adult Nonfiction; 2001 Finalist from Independent Book Publishers of America in Young Adult Nonfiction

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"Stories of Young Pioneers: In Their Own Words" has won the 2001 Spur Award for "Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction" presented by Western Writer's of America; 2001 Book of the Year from Foreword Magazine in Young Adult Nonfiction; 2001 Finalist from Independent Book Publishers of America in Young Adult Nonfiction

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KLIATT
Learn more about pioneers of the Oregon, California and Mormon trails from diary entries and memoirs written by kids/teens (ages 6-19) who lived through the experience. This volume addresses topics such as daily life, preparations for the journey, recreation, schooling, romance, encounters with Native Americans, and various "misfortunes" on the trail. Diary entries tell of humorous, sad, dangerous, and hard conditions in easy-to-understand language. Also included are entries by young pioneers who were part of the infamous Donner Pass party. Each section concludes with a profile of a pioneer, and focuses on what happened to them later on in their life. This title would be appropriate for use in a unit study on pioneers and the expansionist period in U.S. history. Although not an essential purchase in the subject area, it would also be useful in larger or more specialized collections. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Mountain Press, 224p, illus, bibliog, index, 23cm, 00-010410, $14.00. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Tricia Finch; Youth Svcs. Mgr., North Port P.L., North Port, FL January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)
VOYA
Murder, sex, cannibalism, Indians, heroes, saints, and rogues—they are all here in eyewitness accounts. Kimball's well-researched volume takes the reader right back to the 1850s and out onto the trails West. The pioneers who set out on the Mormon, Oregon, and California Trails were a hardy crew, and so were their children. At that time, children were expected to work hard. Life on the trail was harsh, but they took it in stride and found pleasure in a myriad of places. Kimball uses primary source material written by youngsters on the trail and recollections recorded many years later. Nine chapters detail every aspect of life on the trail, including "Getting Ready"; "Daily Life on the Trail"; "Fun and Recreation"; "Work, Study, and Discipline"; and "Encounters with Native Americans." Profiles of children who are quoted frequently are included. The tragedy of the ill-fated Donner-Reed Party becomes all the more vivid through the words of young twelve-year-old Virginia Reed and Eliza Donner, who was almost four years old at the time of the journey. Stories of Young Pioneers will be extremely useful as an adjunct to units on the pioneer trails because it provides the real "stuff" kids want to know. Photographs of the children and trail landmarks add to the appeal, recommending this book for reluctant readers as well. Twelve-year-old Calvin, quoted on the cover, sums it up well: "This would have been a great book to have when we were studying about the pioneers in school." Index. Photos. Maps. Biblio. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Mountain Press Publishing, 233p, Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Roxy Ekstrom SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878424238
Publisher:
Mountain Press Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
9 - 16 Years

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