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All About America: Wagon Trains and Settlers

All About America

by Ellen H. Todras

Kingfisher

About the SeriesAction-packed and meticulously researched, with specially-commissioned illustration, detailed reconstructions and original artwork from each period, reading lists, and resources for further study, this series is an immersive introduction to the history that shaped America.
 With today's the coast-to-coast connectivity, it is hard for young readers to imagine exactly how difficult and dangerous it was to set out by wagon to settle the West during the great migration of the 1800's. Using original photographs and archival material from the period, along with dynamic illustration and imaginative, historically accurate writing, this book explains the experiences, difficulties, and dangers faced by those early settlers. From daily life on the wagon train, to resupplying at forts, confrontations with Indians, treacherous mountain crossings, and constant struggle, this book gives contemporary readers a glimpse of the enormous challenges of America's Westward Expansion. At the back a complete timeline, glossary, and resources for further exploration will help young readers take their learning beyond the book as they imagine what life was like for those first settlers.

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Library Media Connection
All books contain double-page articles featuring a particular topic with sidebars for additional information. Illustrations are a mixture of paintings, engravings, and photographs of the period that the reader will enjoy viewing. Readers of all ages will enjoy these books but they are most appropriate for upper elementary students
 
Booklist
The books in the All about America series pack a wealth of information into an attractively designed package. Double-page spreads, enhanced with photographs, color illustrations, reproductions, artifacts, maps, and sidebars, introduce each topic in detail. . . . All titles give careful consideration to Native American history, highlighting their displacement, noting that colonists and Indians often attacked each other, and emphasizing that more settlers died of disease than from attacks. A glossary, time line, and suggested books and websites add to this series’ research value.
 
Kirkus Reviews
Focusing on specific time periods within American history, the books in the All about America series pack a wealth of information into an attractively designed package. Double-page spreads, enhanced with photographs, color illustrations, reproductions, artifacts, maps, and sidebars, introduce each topic in detail. . . . All titles give careful consideration to Native American history, highlighting their displacement, noting that colonists and Indians often attacked each other, and emphasizing that more settlers died of disease than from attacks. A glossary, time line, and suggested books and websites add to this series’ research value.
 
School Library Journal
These visually appealing titles effectively combine painting, engravings, primary documents, and photographs with cartoon illustrations. . . . The content is interesting and pithy. . . . Great resource for reports and good reading for children interested in hte specific periods and places.
 
TucsonCitizen.com (Shelf Life)
This volume, part of the “All About America” series, examines what day-to-day life was like as a member of a wagon train, from mishaps and danger to traveling the major trails — and if you were lucky — reaching your final destination. Painting, engravings, and photographs from the period bring this experience into sharp focus.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • by Ellen H. Todras

  • Ellen Todras is a freelance writer and editor and has written parts of many social studies textbooks. She is the author of Angelina Grimk_Voice of Abolition, a young-adult biography, and The Gettysburg Battlefield, part of the Symbols of American Freedom series. She loves history and enjoys bringing it to life for young people. She lives with her husband in Eugene, Oregon.
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All About America: Wagon Trains and Settlers

All About America

by Ellen H. Todras

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Kingfisher

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