How to get rich on the Oregon Trail : my adventures among cows, crooks & heroes on the road to fame and fortune : writing journal of--Master William Reed : Portland, Oregon 1852

by Olson, Tod.

Format: Print Book 2009
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 978 OL8
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
Call Number  J 978 OL8
This next volume in the charmingly tongue-in-cheek How to Get Rich series hits the jackpot once again. How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail continues the winning combination of authentic historical facts and entertaining fictional voices. The narrative offers good-humored and practical advice for a trip out west along the Oregon Trail.This whimsical recounting of one family's journey to their new homestead will give readers an appreciation of the hardships faced by all those who signed up for the great migration. These include hunger, thirst, sickness, hostile American Indians, and even deceit and thievery on the part of fellow travelers. The book also shows the ingenuity, skill, and trickery used to overcome such challenges.Wittily interweaving the fictional characters' adventures with historical personages, locales, and events, Tod Olson captures many distinctive facets of the pioneering American spirit. Uniquely, he examines the economic angles of America's westward expansion, showing the lure of financial opportunities that tempted so many onto the Oregon Trail--and the harsh realities that they discovered along the way. Artwork and archival images create a scrapbook collage effect, making the book a visual feast, and a fascinating snapshot of this period of American history. The rich back matter includes a note from Marc Aronson that specifies what is fact and what is fiction, as well as an extensive "Encyclopedia of the Oregon Trail."National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources.Visit for more information.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The exemplary How to Get Rich in the California Gold Rush (2008) finds a worthy successor in this offering in the How to Get Rich series. This time the action follows young Will Reed and his family as they set off from Illinois to find their fortune along the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail. As with the previous volume, the action is humorously purported to be true, although the editors suggest viewing the story with skeptical inquiry. But informing Will's impish sketches and wry journal entries is a wealth of information about life along the trail, including the construction of their chariot, the perilous river crossings, and threats from both cholera and the Indian attacks. An ongoing ledger calculates the family's balance as it fluctuates from $10.70 to $3,021.70, but it's clear that this journey is more about survival than riches. The illustrations, historical anecdotes, and run-ins with everyone from the Mormons to escaped slaves to Abraham Lincoln form a perfect blend of history and humbuggery.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Overland journeys to the Pacific -- Juvenile literature.
Pioneers -- Oregon National Historic Trail -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile literature.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Oregon National Historic Trail -- Juvenile literature.
Overland journeys to the Pacific.
Pioneers -- Oregon National Historic Trail -- History -- 19th century.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Oregon National Historic Trail.
Oregon National Historic Trail -- History -- Juvenile literature.
West (U.S.) -- Discovery and exploration -- Juvenile literature.
Oregon National Historic Trail -- History.
West (U.S.) -- Discovery and exploration.
Publisher Washington, D.C. :National Geographic,2009
Contributors Allred, Scott.
Proch, Gregory.
Language English
Description 47 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781426304125
9781426304132 (lib. bdg.)
1426304137 (lib. bdg.)
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