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Daily Life in a Covered Wagon
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2000
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Follow the Larkin family on their journey from Indiana to Oregon in 1853 in search of a more prosperous life. This book uses actual pictures of objects from the past, many drawings,and diary writings. Their journey took almost 5 months, the family had to travel over 2,000 miles.Some of the 24 chapters include The Wagon, Indian Country, Children's Activities, Crossing A River, Stopping At A fort, Sickness and Death. A greatly detailed book with an abundance of color pictures on every page. Fantastic!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2011
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The "look inside" on this amazon page doesn't do this book justice. It's a wide and tall book - perfect to have lots of interesting information and good pictures on each page spread, which is usually about one topic. Some of the topics include a bio about members of a family (the only "fictional" part), a diagram of what the covered wagon was like (cool!), what went into the covered wagon, disease and death, entertainment, what children did, etc. The pictures (of real things) drew me in and made it really fun. I liked being able to "see" what it was like. It made me feel like I was there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2013
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This book turned out to be exactly what I hoped for. I suppose it's written with school kids in mind. But even at my age it was very informative. The pictures of tools, equipment, supplies and necessary items makes the whole package come together very nicely. Excerpts from the diaries and sidebars of information contribute to a couple hours of valuable historical information.
I agree that this book would be great for grade school classes.
Also any family or person thinking about a roadtrip west of the Mississippi should at least have ths knowlege in the back of their mind. While driving across the country you'll have a better idea of what the pioneers had to deal with. At about 10 miles a day they made camp every night and broke camp in the early morning.
They scavanged for firewood where there were no trees. Everything they owned was either in the covered wagon or walking beside it. Whatever they had in the past was over and gone. A new future was hopefull but unknowen. They cooked, ate and slept outdoors no matter the weather. And they buried their dead parents, spouses & children in places they could never find or visit again.
You won't be disappointed with this book.
I hope this helps you.
Ted
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2011
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The book is wonderful. If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to travel by wagon or what the challenges are, this diary is the book to read. Nice coverage of all the specifics of wagon life, day to day grind, etc.
The illustrations are so well done that you can visualize everyday life, get a good idea for the feelings they must have had as they met up with different situations, and challenges along the way.
Good book. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves the western world, early settlement eras, and American history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2012
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Overall a great book. Nicely done photos, good writing. I was a little disappointed that some of the photos showed items that were not period authentic. I hate to see incorrect ideas get a start in the brain.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 9, 2008
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I bought this book for myself while researching our family history. It helped me fill-out the lives of our long-gone family members who travelled and lived in this way for months at a time while opening lands from Massassachusets to Virginia to North Carolina to Tennessee to Texas to California. It was a great help in turning out a history that was more than names, places and dates.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2009
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I enjoyed using this book with my elementary students. The language is is not too technical. It doesn't go into too much depth. The photographs are great. The book really gives a sense of traveling over the continent on a wagon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2014
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My 8 year old granddaughter enjoyed this book. She liked the illustrations and pictures. This is a good book for teaching children about life in a covered wagon. I enjoyed it too.
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on March 22, 2012
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I loved this book. I wanted to do some research about life on the trail, and this was an excellent first step on the research journey. It gives enough detail to be historically accurate and interesting, without getting bogged down in too much information. Anyone wishing to do further research can use this book to easily identify the particular topics they want to take further.
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on December 20, 2012
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This reads like a diary- story and fact sheet all rolled into one book. It has modern photos / drawings showing different equipment, tools, clothes, etc. in the days of the western movement. I will finish this book durning the Christmas break in a few days. It is interesting in how things were done during those days and on the trail.
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