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Boom town

by Levitin, Sonia, 1934-

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB LEVITIN Sonia
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PB LEVITIN Sonia
Penn Hills Library Juvenile Easys E j LEV
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Easys
Call Number  E j LEV
"Bored by cabin life in the sparse settlement, Amanda figures out how to bake a gooseberry pie in the family's crude wood stove. Soon the prospectors are paying for her pies, and her business success spills over onto other folks, who decide to settle there.... [An] entertaining lesson in history and human nature." - The Horn Book
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 5^-8. Levitin's companion to Nine for California (1996) begins with the arrival of Amanda's family in California, where they join Pa, who has been mining for gold. Amanda is sorely disappointed when she discovers that the exciting boom town she was expecting consists of a stage stop, a pump house, and a few log cabins. Out of boredom (and a strong hankering for some pie), she begins to bake gooseberry pies in an old iron skillet. Soon she has a booming business on her hands, and eventually other businesses shoot up around it. Levitin was inspired to write this story by a single sentence in a book on California history: "A young lady who learned to improvise baked $11,000 worth of pies in a small iron skillet." True or not, this is an entertaining way to learn history. Smith adds to the fun with animated watercolor illustrations that are realistic yet have a distinctly cartoonish flair. Another plus: Amanda's gooseberry pie recipe is included. --Lauren Peterson"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this sequel to Nine for California, Levitin and Smith mine a nugget of American history and turn it into picture book gold. Young Amanda's family has survived the three-week stagecoach trip to California and now the boisterous brood is putting down roots near the gold fields, where Pa pans for a fortune. Eager to make the best of their conditions, Amanda improvises with primitive equipment to turn out pies that she can sell to the miners. When she expands and buys more pans, she recommends to the peddler that he set up a trading post, and the boom begins. Soon she's suggesting that others start a laundry, a livery and other businesses that result in a bustling town. Sparked by a historical report of a "young lady" who earned $11,000 selling pies, this spunky story makes information about westward expansion pulse with fun. Smith's rollicking, dusty-toned watercolors capture the energy of a developing town and convey the can-do spirit of adventurous settlers. Readers inspired by Amanda's success may want to try the gooseberry pie recipe on the endpapers. Ages 5-9. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Frontier and pioneer life -- California -- Fiction.
California -- History -- 1846-1850 -- Juvenile fiction.
California -- History -- 1846-1850 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Orchard Books,1998
Contributors Smith, Cat Bowman.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 26 cm
ISBN 0531300439
0531330435 (lib. bdg.)
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