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My way west : real kids traveling the Oregon & California trails

by Goss, Elizabeth Ames, 1987-

Format: Print Book 2021
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Non-fiction J 978.02 GOSS
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
Call Number  J 978.02 GOSS
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 978.02 Gos
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 978.02 Gos

For kids who want to learn about what life was like on the Oregon and California Trails between 1840 and 1869, this fascinating history book features beautiful papercut illustrations to reveal the true experiences of real children who had traveled west. The book shows how these children's courage, determination, perseverance, and hope defined the West for what it represents today.

Between 1841 and 1884, more than 300,000 people--40,000 of whom were children--moved over land across North America in search for a new start and better life. The journey presented challenges at every turn, from the initial preparations to the months-long trip, and even after when the travelers reached their final destinations. Young emigrants played large roles throughout it all, with responsibilities ranging from hunting animals to gathering buffalo dung, or even caring for babies.

Relying on real letters and memoirs of actual children on the trail, My Way West offers a fresh perspective so that readers, too, can smell the campfire smoke and see the dust kicked up by the wagon wheels. Learn about seven-year-old Benjamin Bonney from Illinois who was introduced to a new type of bread by Native Americans he met on the trail; how thirteen-year-old Heber McBride and his family from England were able to keep up with their traveling group; what ten-year-old Thocmetony of the Northern Paiute in Nevada thought of the travelers passing by her home; what the difficulties twelve-year-old Owen Bush met when his family, including his free African American father, finally reached Oregon; and more.

Including a bibliography and gorgeously illustrated in vibrant, masterful papercut art, this book presents true stories plus quotes so that young readers can share the emigrant kids' triumphs and tragedies as they make their journey west.

Additional Information
Subjects Overland journeys to the Pacific -- Juvenile literature.
Pioneer children -- Overland Trails -- Juvenile literature.
Pioneers -- Overland Trails -- Juvenile literature.
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.) -- Juvenile literature.
Wagon trains -- West (U.S.) -- Juvenile literature.
Overland journeys to the Pacific.
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.)
Oregon National Historic Trail -- History -- Juvenile literature.
California National Historic Trail -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Overland Trails -- History -- Juvenile literature.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1848-1860 -- Juvenile literature.
Oregon National Historic Trail -- History.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1848-1860.
Publisher [Berkeley, California?] :2021
Language English
Notes Maps on lining papers.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781513267302
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