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Frontier Home Hardcover – September 27, 1993

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 1140L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 27, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395640466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395640463
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,015,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Gr. 3-6. Similar in format to Bial's Amish Home , this book introduces readers to life on the American frontier. Bial briefly describes the clearing of land and the making of early cabins and their furnishings, including beds, tables, benches, toys, rifles, ammunition, clothing, soap, candles, and cookware. Occasional quotes from the diaries and reminiscences of pioneers add individual voices. Taken in full color at pioneer villages and sites in the Midwest, well-composed pictures of objects inside and outside of frontier homes appear on nearly every page. Concrete details of pioneer life will hold readers' interest despite the sometimes static quality of the writing. Bial's photography gives the book a look of integrity as well as a window into the lives of the pioneers. Carolyn Phelan

From Kirkus Reviews

In another lyrical yet precise text, Bial (Amish Home, p. 142) invites readers to imagine traveling by Conestoga wagon to an uncertain future on the American frontier. Bial details the daily life and concerns of settlers, adding immediacy with several quotes from early settlers, both male and female. (A few unfamiliar words--``puncheons''; ``flintlock''--aren't well defined in context; a glossary would have been welcome.) The presentation is enhanced by sharp, beautifully composed, unpeopled color photos, not captioned but well placed in relation to a text that's short enough so that the lack of an index won't inhibit use for reports. Bibliography. (Nonfiction. 9-12) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

More About the Author

Author and photographer Raymond Bial (pronounced beal) has been creating acclaimed books for children and adults for more than thirty years. His books have been published by Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic, Walker & Company, Marshall Cavendish, Crickhollow Books, and other fine publishers and university presses. Raymond also makes images on assignment, and his stock photographs have been used by book publishers such as National Geographic, advertising agencies such as Leo Burnett, and media such as PBS.

Raymond's most recent books are Ellis Island: Coming to the Land of Liberty, which is an excellent companion volume to Tenement: Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side; The Shaker Village, a lovely collection of color photographs depicting the simplicity and grace of this remarkable utopian community; a lovely paperback edition of Where Lincoln Walked published in honor of the bicentennial of the birth of this great president; Dripping Blood Cave and Other Ghostly Stories, the third volume in a popular series of ghost stories for young readers; and Rescuing Rover: Saving America's Dogs, which has been selected for the Junior Literary Guild Book Club. Rescuing Rover is currently receiving high praise across the country.

Chigger, his most recent novel, is receiving fine reviews from readers, young and old alike. Anyone who likes to root for the underdog will love this sweet story of an unforgettable girl.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grandma GG VINE VOICE on December 2, 2007
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I am working on my in-law's family history. They were early settlers in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. This book offers a lot of fascinating bits about every day life on the frontier. I want my grandchildren to have some reference to the lives of their ancestors, and this book beautifully helps to provide that.
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By Douglas Sky on December 17, 2012
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This book is nice to explain to kids about living on the land.
Lots of great diagrams and pictures.
My daughter age 11 really liked it.
Not a real big book but average for a kids book.
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