- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Series: Sweep, 12
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; y First Impression edition (June 10, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399226591
- ISBN-13: 978-0399226595
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 12.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,089,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sunsets Of The West (Sweep, 12) Hardcover – June 10, 2002
From Publishers Weekly
When the Western frontier beckons, a New England man gathers his wife and three children for a demanding journey by covered wagon. Johnston's (That Summer, reviewed Mar. 18) straightforward narrative gives readers a generous sampling of the emotions, sights and sounds of such a trip down to the smallest sensory details. "The ox bells clanked, tonk-tonk, tink-tink. The water sloshed in the barrels. The wagon wheels creaked. Always they creaked." Through the varied perspectives of Lewin's (Peppe the Lamplighter) realistic, light-filled watercolors, readers glimpse the underside of the wagon and meet, head on, a large herd of buffalo as it stretches across two spreads. A shadowy midnight blue painting reveals the sources of unknown sounds that spark fear in the travelers, including images of a stately Native American figure and, completely filling the facing page, a howling coyote with fangs aglow in the moonlight. Johnston's prose pulls no punches. Livestock die or are swept away by rain-swollen rivers. People die, too. "Every day they saw graves. And graves. And graves." But all is not bleak. Native Americans come to the family's rescue with much-needed food and, in the titular scene, the grandeur of a mountain sunset "spilling its fire everywhere" inspires the family to settle there. Readers are rewarded with a full-bleed painting of the purple peaks bathed in rich salmon light. The attention to detail in both word and picture provides youngsters with a taste of the tribulations and triumphs of the trail. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-The westward movement is depicted via narrative and luminous watercolors. The patriarch of a New England family yearns to "know the endless prairie" and "The Sierra with snow." Husband, wife, and three children sadly bid adieu to their familiar surroundings while they experience the excitement of the impending adventure. Their covered wagon travels with others and then alone, though they are never without the companionship of wildlife; at times, there is the presence and sometimes the assistance of Native Americans. The impressive panoramas of prairie and mountain vistas are well served by Lewin's majestic, detailed paintings. Death, inclement weather, and other hardships of pioneer travel are alluded to, but the family arrives in California relatively unscathed. A graceful telling, amplified by an arresting visual narrative.
Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This book gives your child the feeling of leaving everything familiar behind, and setting out to cross thousands of miles on foot, with no one but your own family to depend upon in the end.
Beautiful, excellent book. Strong message of family unity.