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Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner Party Paperback – August, 1989
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Many of the emigrants who had dreamed of a new life in California endured the bitterness of prolonged starvation; many died (adults and children) in the snowbound cabins by Donner Lake and Summit Pass, but many others survived, including a plucky 8-year-old girl named Patty Reed.
She has a special friend who helps her endure this Ordeal by Hunger--a tiny wooden doll which she keeps hidden in her clothing. This doll (now on display at the Donner Museum near Truckee, CA) bravely shares the fate of her young mistress without complaint, and Patty keeps no secrets from Dolly. "I could not tell her, but I think she knew I lived on Love, not mortal food."
A tender story of incredible deprivation and the will to live. Young readers will be so caught up in the Reed family's struggle (shared by many other Irish families), that they will hardly notice how much they are learning about the Westward movement, wagon trains and the towering Sierra Nevadas. Here is a gentle dose of gritty American history.
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Great book, my daughter learned so much and we followed up with a trip to Sutter's Fort where the doll is on display. Awesome!Published 8 months ago by ashleigh
This book is a wonderful story for children or adults who should appreciate the hardships of those pioneer families who settled the West. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Eunice F. Wachtveitl
Good read about the Oregon trail from the doll's point of view. My 11yr old daughter came out of her room almost in tears at one point. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mom of 5
I love this book for our students learning about our brave pioneer's. We made our own dolls, packed what we take with us and then what we would have to give up on our journey. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jane Starling
I bought this book for my mother as she had been looking for books about the "Donnor Party". She found it interesting to read & enjoyed it.Published on August 11, 2008 by Barbara Collings