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Voices from the Oregon Trail



by
Kay Winters
illustrated by
Larry Day

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin
Imprint
Dial
ISBN
9780803737754
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Violence: Death
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“Papa snaps the whip. GEE HAW! We’re off.” Brave travelers in a thirty-five-wagon train, destined for Oregon Territory, tell their stories. Historical notes. Author’s note. Suggestions for further reading. Full-color illustrations created with pencil, pen and ink with watercolor and gouache.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Death

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 11"

Dewey

978/.02

AR

4.1: points 1

Lexile

520L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Overland journeys to the Pacific. Pioneers. U.S. frontier and pioneer life. Oregon National Historic Trail. Nineteenth-century U.S. history.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Fifteen members of a wagon train share their thoughts and experiences on an 1848 journey from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City. Preparations and anticipation, hopes and misgivings precede the reality of trail life. The wagon master’s 13-year-old son, Carl, offers the first and last free-verse commentaries. Other young people and adults relate sorrows and joys along the way: a toddler’s death, abandoned possessions to lighten the load, an Independence Day celebration, a wedding, a birth. Although some overlanders express fears of “savage” Indians, the only encounter is peaceful, with Nez Perce helping the travelers cross the Snake River and saving Carl from drowning. A Sioux scout observes the passing wagons and worries about the impact on his people. Day’s paintings, particularly the spread of the entire wagon train, capture the panoramic prairie vistas and enhance the speakers’ accounts. Detailed historical notes and a suggested reading list offer additional resources for readers and report writers. Without the unifying presence that the printer’s errand boy supplied in Winters and Day’s Colonial Voices (Dutton, 2008), the relationships among the speakers can get a bit tangled. However, the overall presentation of trail life offers another fine choice for students of history.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Fifteen members of a wagon train share their thoughts and experiences on an 1848 journey from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City. Preparations and anticipation, hopes and misgivings precede the reality of trail life. The wagon master’s 13-year-old son, Carl, offers the first and last free-verse commentaries. Other young people and adults relate sorrows and joys along the way: a toddler’s death, abandoned possessions to lighten the load, an Independence Day celebration, a wedding, a birth. Although some overlanders express fears of “savage” Indians, the only encounter is peaceful, with Nez Perce helping the travelers cross the Snake River and saving Carl from drowning. A Sioux scout observes the passing wagons and worries about the impact on his people. Day’s paintings, particularly the spread of the entire wagon train, capture the panoramic prairie vistas and enhance the speakers’ accounts. Detailed historical notes and a suggested reading list offer additional resources for readers and report writers. Without the unifying presence that the printer’s errand boy supplied in Winters and Day’s Colonial Voices (Dutton, 2008), the relationships among the speakers can get a bit tangled. However, the overall presentation of trail life offers another fine choice for students of history.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

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