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If You Traveled West In A Covered Wagon Paperback – August 1, 1992

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About the Author

How did people escape on the Underground Railroad? What was it like to land on Ellis Island?How did it feel to travel the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon? Ellen Levine has revealed worldsof fascinating adventure with her nonfiction books for young readers.

Although Ellen Levine enjoys reading and writing fiction, most of her books for young readershave been nonfiction. “Writing nonfiction lets me in behind the scenes of the story. I enjoylearning new things and meeting new people, even if they lived 200 years ago.”

“Real heroes,” Levine says, “aren't necessarily on TV or in the news. They can be ordinarypeople who are willing to take risks for causes they believe in. Nonfiction offers a way tointroduce young readers to real people who have shown tremendous courage, even when facedwith great danger. All of us have the potential. And one doesn't have to be a grown-up,” sheadds.

When she's not writing, Levine likes to share the excitement of research and the importance ofaccuracy with young readers. “Many young people think research is dull; you go to anencyclopedia, copy information, give it a title, and call it a report.” Using her books asexamples, Ellen explains how to get other, more interesting information. “I may not mention theexact words, but I talk to young people about primary and secondary sources. If I'm speakingwith third graders, I ask them, 'Where would I go if I wanted to find out what it's like to be athird grader?' Most will say, 'Read a book.' But when they say, 'Ask a third grader,' I knowthey've understood what I mean by a primary source of inspiration.”

For If You Were an Animal Doctor, for example, Ellen witnessed an emergency operation on acow. While doing research in Wyoming for Ready, Aim, Fire!, her biography of Annie Oakley,she got to hold the gun Ms. Oakley is believed to have shot in the presence of the Queen ofEngland. “It gave me such a strong feeling about this person,” she says. “That's part of research,too.”

Ellen Levine is the author of many acclaimed books, both fiction and nonfiction. Among them:If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon, If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island, I Hate English!, If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King, and Secret Missions. Her recent book, Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories, was named one of the Ten Best Children's Books of the Year by The New York Times, and Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association.

Ellen divides her time between New York City and Salem, New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Series: If You…
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (August 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590451588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590451581
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 31, 2000
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This book was wonderful to use in the classroom with my Fourth Graders! It is written so that they can easily read and understand it and provided realistic illustrations to support the text. While it is not a book that can be easily read in one sitting it goes along well with our study of the Westward Movement and was enjoyed by all the students. It was conducive to group discussion and covered all the aspects of the topic that the students wished to know from the question "What was a covered wagon?" to "Could they recieve mail along the way?". It lent itself to projects and assignments for the students.
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We are homeschoolers, and are studying U.S. History. We used this book to compliment our studies of the Reconstruction and Reform Period. My children enjoyed the layout, as well as the information. They liked it so well, they usually read ahead of the scheduled assignments!
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This book was great for my 4th grade class. It is written on their level and does describe how problems were solved on the Oregon Trail. It is an informative and easy read.
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We have enjoyed the book very much. It has given my grandchildren a new appreciation of how many hardships people faced in a covered wagon. Very educational, well written, and well worth the price. Highly recommend the book for grade school level and the vendor was great. The book arrived packed well and on time. Would buy from this vendor again!!
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My first grade grandson has enjoyed getting more information from this book. He became so interested in the Oregon Trail when first hearing of it. It is a book he can red and it answered a lot of his questions about what it must have been like to be on that journey.
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...If You Traveled West In A Covered Wagon is an excellent book for kids, especially younger children who have not yet heard of the adventures of the American pioneers who braved the frontier of the American West to expand the territory of the United States. This book does a wonderful job of transporting its readers to the past and has lots of remarkable, but easy to remember facts.

One of the most impressive things about this book is how easily the author uses simple language to relay facts to the reader without making the information seem dry. Although both an adult and a history buff, I learned quite a few things while reading this book. In fact, I was happily surprised by how interesting this book turned out to be. The complimentary illustrations are terrific and inviting. In fact, ...If You Traveled West In A Covered Wagon is a solid, well put together book that leaves the reader thirsting for more information on this wonderful subject. That alone makes the book worth reading.

I would recommend that parents or teachers get their younger children a copy of this book so that they can read it to them. It will not only inform and entertain, but will leave kids begging to read more fascinating books such as this one.
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This is a great resource for the study of pioneer history. The table of contents is a list of many Questions about pioneer life, and refers the reader to the pages with the Answer. Perfect for elementary readers, and as a book to read to young history buffs. My grandkids loved me reading to them the adventures of the pioneers.
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Clear and concise and gave information I needed for a talk about some of my relatives traveling in covered wagon from South Carolina to Arizona.
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