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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807586129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807586129
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 11 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wagons Ho! is a unique look at both history and the concerns all kids have when moving to a new home.

About the Author

George Hallowell is an architect, award-winning photographer, author of numerous articles, and a PhD student who has an interest in buried treasure, old mining towns, and historic villages. He has visited every state in the USA except Alaska, and has hiked on the Oregon Trail. This is his first book.

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 130 children's books, including Who Was Johnny Appleseed?, Who Was Marco Polo?, Groundhog Weather School, Zero the Hero, and Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers and Swirly Stars. She is also the co-author of the popular GODDESS GIRLS series for ages 8-12 (Athena the Brain, Aphrodite the Diva, Artemis the Brave, etc.). Visit her at joanholub.com

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Jenny Johnson and Katie Miller had a lot in common. They both had dolls they loved, pesky little brothers (ugh!), and they were both moving to Oregon City, Oregon from Independence, Missouri. There were some differences though. One of them was that Jenny's family was heading out in 1846 on a journey that would take five months. Katie's family, on the other hand, was leaving in 2011 and the trip would take only five days. Jenny's Papa bought some oxen to pull their wagon while Katie's Dad rented a trailer to put their possessions in. Unfortunately, some things had to be left behind, but dolls weren't one of them. After a lot of preparation everyone was ready and it was time to take an interesting trip across the country. Wagons ho `n let's go!

Katie was stuck next to Mr. Annoying in the back seat of the car and wished "he could ride in the trailer behind" them. Jenny and Mr. Trouble walked ahead of the canvas topped wagon and the oxen, Binky, Belle, Blossom, and Billy, "to keep the load light." Katie named their car "Bob" and Jenny named their wagon "Bessie." In May of 1846 Jenny's family, including the wagon and oxen, boarded a raft to cross the Kansas River. On Monday Katie and her family quickly crossed the very same river by driving over a bridge. There were no problems in 2011, but in 1846 some families lost all they had. The journey would take longer in 1846, but the challenges the girls would face as they left Independence would be the same. Would they be able to make new friends when the got to Oregon City? Would they be able to adjust to a new home? What would they find when they arrived in Oregon?

This is a fascinating look at Jenny and Katie, two girls who crossed the Oregon Trail in different centuries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 19, 2011
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The story of a family moving from Missouri to Oregon in 1846 and now, is told in two parallel journals that invite comparison and contrast. The ways the two families do things both then and now are very different and yet often the same.

In 1846: "Our trip will take five months from May to September. I've heard that some people die on the trail. I hope we survive the journey."

Now: "We will leave on July 1st. Our trip will take five days, from Monday to Friday. I've never been on the road in a car for five whole days. All that driving---not to mention my brother driving me crazy the whole way. How will I survive?"
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