on November 16, 2000
With perfect rhyme and rhythm Verla Ray has created a gem of a book to be enjoyed for generations to come. I love it, my kids ask for it almost everynight, and their grandparents are buying it for all their other grandkids for christmas. We are so impressed with this book which teaches about a mostly ignored subject(pinoneering) - and the kids enjoy the ride so much they don't even realise they're learning! I could not recommend this any higher! I hope very school has a copy! A must-read for every American child!
on November 5, 2000
Verla Kay has done it again! She's created a brilliant rhyming picture book that works great in the classroom and is also a delightful choice for a bedtime story. COVERED WAGONS, BUMPY TRAILS is the vivid, touching, enjoyable story of a pioneer family moving West. Readers will fall in love with "Mother, Father and Baby John" as they journey in search of a new home. Their struggles and triumphs come alive in sparse "cryptic rhyme" verse, such as: "Plunging, slipping, Stuck in snow. Frozen wheels, "Oxen, WHOA!" And the art by S. D. Schindler is fabulous with colorful kid-appeal. This is a wonderful book that you won't want to miss! When you reach the final page, you'll smile at the absolute PERFECT ending.