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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
In 8th grade, I learned about the wild west and I loved learning about it. When I found out how good this book was from other people, I had to read it. The book taught me so much more about the wild west than my 8th grade textbook did. I loved the book and the illustrations. I gave the book such a good review because I loved reading it and I had a wild west adventure of my own imaging how life would be if I lived in that time period. This book is a best seller in my mind and history teachers everywhere would be happy to have this book added to the textbooks they are teaching from. Once again, I have to say I loved this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2013
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WOW! I LOVED this wacky and wonderful book of American history detailing the westward expansion that is so engrossing you won't put it down - one surprise after another as you learn how the western states were acquired (Sheinkin's maps are so original and helpful), how, when, and why the settlers traveled to the Pacific coast despite the Rocky Mountain and Sierra Nevada ranges, wide rivers, Indian territories, desert heat, deep snow and so on. You never really learned about the plight of the native Americans either, in quite this way in your history classes!

There are source notes, quotation notes and an index in back of the book - the book is a marvel and I enjoyed it from cover to cover. You will also. Share it with your kids and friends. This book is about America, especially after the Civil War - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Next time you think of a native American Indian or a buffalo, or take a train or drive a car out west - you'll remember this book for sure. Yes there are movies, TV series (Gunsmoke comes to mind), memoirs (think "Vanishing Arizona", but "Which Way to the Wild West" is an original retelling of our American story you don't want to miss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2010
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I love all of Steve Shenkin's books, and now I own all three. Instead of focusing on a war, this time Mr. Shenkin wrote a book about the wild west. It is great, and follows his funny and intriguing style. His ability to find wacky stories is very much appreciated, and it makes his books many times more interesting than if they had simple, standard, stories. All in all, this book was great and I loved it, as I have with all of Mr. Shenkin's books.
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Format: Hardcover
The drive by American colonists westward involved an enormous effort to explore new territories, purchase land, engage in military force, create travel routes, set up homes in the frontier, and make a living in undeveloped areas. In the process, the country as we know it today gained its national borders, but at an enormous cost: the Native American population was virtually decimated through violence and disease, and those who survived had to relocate to reservations under precarious conditions.

Readers will recognize a range of economics lessons entwined in the historical accounts. These lessons include the establishment of international trade in beaver pelts, the role of incentives and entrepreneurship in fueling the gold rush, the importance of property rights in drawing settlers to the new territories, how cowboys worked to ensure that the supply of cattle met the demand for beef, and the magnitude of corruption during the construction of the transcontinental railroad.

This informative historical narrative uses a number of literary tools to catch the attention of younger readers who ordinarily may not enjoy reading their history books: vignettes, narratives of relatively unknown but fascinating events, puzzles, and cartoon-style illustrations. These techniques work well to help readers gain more familiarity with a tumultuous period of U.S. history.
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on March 9, 2010
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This is a well-written, fast-paced book which gives one a good overview of this period in history with enough details and anecdotes to help make the time come alive. Reading this book one comes to an understanding of why so many people were willing to take the arduous journey across America or around Cape Horn in South America in order to reach the American west. One also gets a sense of the hardships involved in these travels as well as the uncertainty of the "rewards" for all the effort. The book is written at a middle school level and would be an excellent overview book for anyone studying this period in history. I would recommend it as a supplement to whatever history program you are using. Homeschoolers in particular would find it a good resource to use as a "hinge text" to organize and unify the historical fiction titles read in the program and thereby to more fully develop the student's understanding of Westward Expansion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2009
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This book is great for the 8th grade history. My class loves it one of the most picked up books in my classroom.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sheinkin does it again! I am commenting on Which Way because it is my favorite of his (thus far) three US history books. I reluctantly picked up this one because I had little interest in the American Westward Expansion but loved King George and Two Miserable Presidents (his two previous titles). Sheinkin's is an expert engager, and I quickly converted to a Wild West enthusiast. Sadly, I reached adulthood (with a BA and MS!!!) without a clear understanding of hows and whys of US history (though, you bet could draw a heck of a time-line). Thankfully, Steve Sheinkin is here to illuminate American History for (us and) our children. Let's hope that he continues covering US history right up until the present!
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on April 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
After reading Which Way to the Wild West, the westward expansion has gone from school work to an enjoyable, interesting history study. Steve Sheinkin makes history come alive in a fun, easy to understand way by including facts and comical stories that are not usually mentioned in history books. I also like that he narrates from many points of view and is unbiased when explaining the Indian Wars. Overall, I would highly reccomend Which Way to the Wild West to people of any age who want to learn about America's westward expansion.
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on March 29, 2014
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Easy read. I loved the way the author presented the stories of the wild west, just as if you were reading the first hand accounts of the people who actually lived it.
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on January 27, 2014
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If you keep it fun and interesting, they will come.
As always, Scheinkin makes history books where you actually want to turn the page
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