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Oklahoma Land Run, The Hardcover – December 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (December 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589805666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589805668
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The cannon explodes at high noon and the horses spring forward. In the midst of the noise and excitement, nine-year-old Jesse holds the reins of his father's team. So much could go wrong: the horses may spook, the competitors may get rough, and he may not be able to claim the land they need, but Jesse is the only chance his family has. Two million acres of "unassigned lands" in Oklahoma went up for grabs on April 22, 1889. Jesse's family is just one of thousands who hope to start a life out west, but Pa's dreams of pounding a stake into the ground and making a new home are all but shattered when he gets injured and is unable to drive the family's wagon. All would be lost . . . if it weren't for Jesse. With Pa sitting beside his son, guiding him, there is no doubt that the two have already accomplished something important. Above the sound of the pounding hooves is Pa's voice: "Hold her steady and keep her straight. You'll be all right." Come what may, they will face it together as they search for a future on the Oklahoma prairie. (Back Flap) Una Belle Townsend is the award-winning author of the Pelican titles Racecar Driver's Night Before Christmas and Grady's in the Silo, winner of the 2004 Oklahoma Book Award and a 2004 IRA/CBC Children's Choice selection. Townsend has won a variety of writing and teaching awards, among them the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom teacher of the year and Oklahoma Celebration of Reading best teacher's essay. She has three times been named Teacher of the Year at Riverside Elementary in El Reno, Oklahoma, where she works as the library media specialist/Title I reading teacher. Emile Henriquez is a graduate of John McCrady Art School, the premier New Orleans art academy in its heyday. He was a faculty member at the New Orleans Art Institute, and teaches varied art courses at New Orleans Metropolitan College, Delgado Community College, and two elementary schools in the parochial school system in New Orleans. He also teaches specialized courses in Slidell, Louisiana, where he resides. Henriquez's other Pelican titles include The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer's Story and the popular D.J. Series.

About the Author

Una Belle Townsend has been an elementary-school teacher for nearly twenty years. She graduated from East Texas Baptist College and earned a master's degree in elementary education at Stephen F. Austin State University. She has received many local honors for her short stories and poetry. Townsend has lived in Yukon, Oklahoma, for more than twenty-five years.

Emile F. Henriquez teaches part time in Louisiana's parochial school system. He studied drawing, painting, design, and art history at Tulane University and has worked as a graphic illustrator since 1963. Henriquez has also illustrated Pelican's popular D.J. Series. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

More About the Author

Una Belle Townsend was born in Texas and has lived in Oklahoma for the last forty years. She is married and has two sons. She is a retired teacher and school librarian. Her four children's books have been published by Pelican Publishing Co.
Her first book, "Grady's in the Silo" is based on a true story. It received the Oklahoma Center for the Book Award and an IRA Children's Choice Award. It's the story of a cow that jumps in a silo. Poor Grady isn't rescued for five days. The book has been on the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom book list for many years, and has many teacher activities associated with it. Townsend was chosen as the first Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year in Oklahoma.
Her second book, "The Racecar Driver's Night Before Christmas" is one of the many books in Pelican's "Night Before Christmas" series. Santa races drivers named Junior, Gordon, Matt, Michael, and Kyle. Santa's pit crew includes Dale, Fireball, Davey, and Adam.
Townsend's third book, "The Oklahoma Land Run" is often chosen by librarians and teachers before land run events at schools and libraries. Una Belle often reads this book to children and then does a "Show and Tell" of items such as quilts, bonnets, belt buckles, antiques, etc. The book shows a map of the land run area and includes the date of the first land run in Oklahoma.
Her fourth book, "The Great Elephant Escape" recently received a writing award from the Oklahoma Writer's Federation, Inc. as Best Juvenile Book 2013. It's based on the true story of two baby elephants (each weighing at least 1,500 pounds) who ran away from the circus headquarters in Hugo, OK.in 1975.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia E. Downes VINE VOICE on July 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
One of the best ways to get children interested in studying history is to read them age-appropriate, historical fiction. This gives children a context through which they can better understand historical events.

The Oklahoma Land Run by Una Belle Townsend provides such a context for a study of the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889. The book is about nine-year-old boy, Jesse, who must drive the family's wagon in the big Land Run race because his father has injured his arm. Children will relate to Jesse's courage, fears, and resourcefulness as he undertakes a tough mission for the good of the family. Throughout the story, readers are introduced to just enough facts about the Land Run and Oklahoma to excite interest in learning more. Best of all, the illustrations are absolutely delightful, making this book a joy to read for both young and old. A must-have book for those of you teaching Oklahoma History, as well as for parents who are looking for enjoyable children's literature that also teaches.
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The great thing about this book, is the point of view it's written in. The reader is able to follow Jessie through Oklahoma's first land run. Kids will relate to the main character, Jessie, as he steps up to help his father after an accident. A great introduction to one of the most unique ways a state was ever settled!
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By Leah on May 29, 2012
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Great book, wonderful pictures. One of our education programs is Oklahoma Land Giveaways. We wanted the book to read to younger children here at the museum. Loved the book!
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