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Two tales of trickery and exaggeration by the Newbery Medalist feature adventures in the Old West and during the California Gold Rush. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Grade 4-7–Listeners are in for a treat with this satisfying reading of Sid Fleischman's novel (Little, 1963). Brimming with riveting adventure, the story is set during the Gold Rush. The fast-moving plot follows the high spirited young Jack and his aunt's faithful butler, Praiseworthy, as they set out to strike it rich in order to support the financially strapped and beloved Aunt Arabella. As Jack and the loyal butler travel by sea and land, the pair meet a series of memorable characters such as the daring, crusty sea Captain Swain and the diabolical Cut-Eye Higgins. The individual personalities of the characters are reflected through the expressive voices rendered by the large cast of 24 readers. Jack and Praiseworthy are the most well-rounded characters. While some of the readers use more expression than others, Willard E. Lape, Jr.'s strong narration is crisp and well-paced. Bouncy folk-style music, appropriate to the historical setting, separates each chapter. This entertaining production is a worthy purchase for libraries with large children's audio collections.–Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, OH
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This book was delight to read with my 4th grader last year to accompany California History. It was one of the best historical fiction books I have ever read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by H. Berndt
My kids both loved it. They gave this hard copy to their grandfather for Father's Day.Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth
About two stowaways called Jack and his butler, Praiseworthy who are on a ship named Lady Wilma to get to California in the hope of getting rich and not lose their family home in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hyped Reviewer
BY THE GREAT HORN SPOON
This book is very well written.
I am listening to this book on tape, and so far it is great.
'Very good book
Wonderful, historical book, loved the adventures shared by the boy and his butler's trip to get to the California Gold Rush, and all they experienced there, once they arrived. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Vegas Girl
By the Great Horn Spoon! is a short historical novel set at the time of the California Gold Rush. Praiseworthy (a butler) and Jack (a twelve-year old boy) are the two main... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fan of Time-Life Books