- Age Range: 7 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 5
- Series: Young American Voices
- Paperback: 56 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 015202168X
- ISBN-13: 978-0152021689
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rachel's Journal: The Story of a Pioneer Girl Paperback – May 1, 2001
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Marissa Moss, author of the popular Amelia's Notebook series, moves into new territory with Rachel's Journal, the story of a spirited 10-year-old pioneer girl who must leave her childhood home in Illinois and travel by covered wagon to the wilds of California. Rachel is entrusted by her grandfather to chronicle the long journey in the form of a handwritten journal. Through her journal entries, we are transported into a world of new adventures and fearsome challenges as Rachel's family and the others in their wagon train make their way along the Oregon Trail in search of a homestead in the Sacramento Valley.
Rachel is refreshingly unconventional: she dons her brother's shirt and britches when one of the oxen makes "a nice meal" of her only wool dress, learns to crack a whip, and makes friends with a young American Indian brave. Children will delight in the day-to-day accounts of life on the trail, enhanced by the notes and colorful drawings Rachel has added to the journal's margins. Based on real diaries kept by courageous pioneers between 1846 and 1868, Rachel's Journal is an excellent choice for third graders and older, and can also be successfully read aloud to younger children, who will enjoy imagining themselves as pioneering adventurers. An intimate look at a momentous journey, this book will not fail to move and inspire readers of all ages. --Aimée Damman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In a starred review, PW called Rachel's Journal, one of two entries in the Young American Voices series now in paperback, set on the Oregon Trail in 1850 "a solidly researched and wholly captivating illustrated diary." Ages 8-12. (May)
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The author compiled information from many sources of the time, including journals, diaries and pioneer guidebooks. She noted that the viewpoint held by women/children was much different from that of the men who made these journeys.
All of the major incidents the young girl, Rachel, records are factual, taken from the voices of many young ones journals. Marissa Moss found that these pioneers' journals reflected an eagerness, actually a great will to cross this land to a better life. Their spirit was amazing, given what they could possible face as they traveled, and yet a sense of adventure prevailed throughout their journeys.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves the romance of western lore. If you find the draw of the western era appealing, you'll love this book.