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It's 1815 and the McClure family is floating down the Ohio River in a flatboat that carries their wagon, farm tools, and household supplies as well as the family's farm animals. When they arrive in Jeffersonville, Indiana, they will take their boat apart and use the wood to build their new house. Full color.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published 1995 by Atheneum Books
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Logan Goldberg
Who has ever moved? Did you just move houses in the same city or did you move to a new city or state? What did you pack and bring with you? (Students respond) What did we learn about packing when moving west? (students respond) That's right, they had to choose wisely what they wanted to bring and what was important enough to bring in their small wagon. Did they bring their house? No? Why not? Do you think it's possible? (Students explain their reasoning) (Show students the cover and title of boo ...more
Linda Lipko
This is based on the historical event of families migrating to Indiana and Ohio via the river. The setting is the early 1800's when the McClure family consisting of mother, father, daughter and son, traveled with their meager belongings strapped to a flat bed house boat. Not only goods, but animals as well inhabited the space.

When they arrived from Pennsylvania, previous settlers assisted in working together to frame a house.
While the book paints the adventure as some what calm, I imagine that
Kim Foy
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This is the story of a family's journey down the Ohio River in 1815. They lived on a raft, where they floated down the river, except in the winter, when they lived on it's banks. They would stop each day to barter, trade, and hunt until they finally built a house in Jeffersonville,Indiana.
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I purchased the book at the Buckeye Book Fair 2011.

A family from Pennsylvania is on a flat boat to new land in Indiana. The family floated on the river and faced wild animals, and new adventures.
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Scott Russell Sanders is an American novelist and essayist.His twenty books of fiction and nonfiction include A Private History of Awe and A Conservationist Manifesto. The best of his essays from the past thirty years, plus nine new essays, are collected in Earth Works, published in 2012 by Indiana University Press. Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, th ...more
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