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Fantastic Facts about the Oregon Trail Paperback – June 6, 1995

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About the Author

Michael J. Trinklein wrote and produced the award-winning PBS documentary film "The Oregon Trail." He also wrote and produced "The Gold Rush," another PBS award-winner. The Chicago Tribune called his writing "...never less than interesting" and the Sacramento Bee said his work is "Polished... fast-paced... consistently interesting." A university professor, Trinklein lives just 2 blocks from the Oregon Trail.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Trinklein Publishing (June 6, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883691001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883691004
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although this book is not intended to (and won't) gove you a comprehensive overview of the history of the Oregon Trail, this is still a very good book to read if you are interested in the era. I learned quite a bit about it, and found it fascinating. Some great facts. Definitely worth reading.
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By KP on August 10, 2001
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This is a quaint little book that is full of interesting facts. My fifth graders have enjoyed listening to the unusual stories. The entries are quick and easy and great for filling those 5 minute gaps or introducing a lesson.
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This is a very fasinating book. It is easy to read and a page turned for my fourth grade students who are studying the Oregon Trail. Kids love interesting facts as do I.
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I expected more depth when I purchased this book. Maybe it is a good one for younger children but not so interesting for those of us who have read extensively about the Oregon Trail and who had pioneer family members who did the trek. The author said people did not bath for six months, but family members who took the trails say different, as there were streams, rivers, lakes and what have you where they washed their clothing, and took baths and when water was plentiful, used a cloth and washed themselves down on a nightly basis before retiring. I guess the facts depend on the teller.
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By batman on April 21, 2014
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Okay if you've never read anything about American history. I think this might have been from a pamphlet handed out to museum visitors. Not really fantastic, just interesting. They really didn't use many horses unlike the TV show Wagon Train. They weren't attacked often by Indians. Save your money.
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You can read all of this in any good book on the Oregon Train. It certainly wasn't "fantastic" Only new thing I learned was people buried their dead in the trail ruts so the wagons would press the grave site so that it couldn't be robbed by wolves and coyotes. Other than that....blah
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If you knw nothing about the Oregon Trail this is sort of a start. It is a small book and the "facts" are known to those who have read books onthe subject. It is good for a younger reader, I suppose.
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I found this to be a very fascinating book it made us Australians understand more on how the the Oregon Trail came about and what really happened on this trail and I loved how the Whitman were mentioned in the book. I'd love to learn more. Worth a read it made me want to learn more.
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