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The Foul, Filthy American Frontier: The Disgusting Details about the Journey Out West

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
From dust storms and swarms of bugs to poisonous water and spoiled food, life could be filthy for pioneers in the American West. Get ready to explore the nasty side of life on the American frontier.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Capstone Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Avalley
Oct 03, 2016 Avalley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was just a boring, disgusting informational book that was horrible. It was short though, which is good.
Lesley
Jul 20, 2016 Lesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It can be difficult to find good history books for children. The format is often often too dry or too wordy, and the content includes way too much information or glosses over unpleasant but vital information. Heather E. Schwartz strikes a good balance in The Foul, Filthy American Frontier.
The format of the book is appealing. On each page she has included a heading, a few paragraphs of text, illustrations or photographs, and labels and captions that contain key points. She includes a glossary at
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Tarah Denardo
The Foul, Filthy, American Frontier: The Disgusting Details about the Journey out West, by Heather Schwartz

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This book tells the facts that sometimes go unmentioned in history books. It is about westward expansion - the cause, and the journey itself. Unlike other informational books, this one focuses on the yucky, negative aspects of the journey such as: cooking with dung, disease, deadly traveling conditions, death, and more.

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I enjoy this book as an additional book to read after le
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The Reading Countess
Picked up thanks to the gazillions of Scholastic bonus points I seem to accumulate, I was disappointed by American Frontier. The facts themselves were interesting enough (who doesn't like to hear about the Donner Party when you are in third grade?), but that's the point...it's for a younger target audience. I was hoping to use this one as a mentor text for older readers. Still, I like the informational text features enough to point out some of them as perhaps a first glance at the genre when int ...more
Crystal
Jan 08, 2011 Crystal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guy-reads, 2011
Living up to the series title, these books expose the nasty side of history. Each title opens with a brief overview and time line, followed by two- to three-page chapters that discuss the dirty and disgusting conditions that were prevalent in the past. Topics include excretion and sanitation, spoiled food, grisly medical procedures, bug infestations, and early death. Large illustrations and photos, that are dramatic but not overly explicit, add to the texts. These books, which prove that the goo ...more
Duane
Aug 01, 2010 Duane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book talks about the struggles early pioneers endured while trying to go out west. I guess I've read enough other J Non Fiction books on the subject, I feel there are better resource books out there that covers more of the topic with better illustrations and ideas. It's an okay book, just not really that good. It tends to be vague and the illustrations just aren't interesting.
Tina Smith
I have only skimmed this book, but like another in the series that I liked, there are many pictures, and small blocks of text...making it an easy read. Great way to learn history, even for adults!
Kim Hampton
Jan 04, 2016 Kim Hampton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short book to teach kids about what life was like on the American frontier. Would be a great way to keep their attention, as most children seem to love disgusting facts.
Krista
Jan 23, 2016 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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