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You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Pioneer!: A Wilderness You'd Rather Not Tame (You Wouldn't Want to...)

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For use in schools and libraries only. A light-hearted look at some of the difficulties faced by the pioneers who traveled by wagon train across the United States to settle in the West.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Turtleback Books
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Jenny Christen
Jun 23, 2015 Jenny Christen rated it really liked it
Shelves: twin-text-set
1. Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner (2015)

2. I paired these pieces together because they both represent the pioneer's voyage along the Oregon Trail as they were traveling to settle West. They both describe what it was like to be a pioneer and how students can relate to the journey as if they were a child along the trail. It allows them to connect to their lives and realize how hard it was to actually be a pioneer along the trail. Ranger on the Oregon Trail is book one in a series of th
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Christy Cryer
Opening: Today, we are going to read You Wouldn’t Want to Be an American Pioneer! A Wilderness You’d Rather Not Tame by Jacqueline Morley and illustrated by David Antram. What do you think this book might be about? (Show cover.) During the 1800s, many people called pioneers traveled across the country and they were called pioneers. This book also has a several features that help us better understand such as a timeline, maps, and many different captions. Why do you think the author might have inc ...more
Kaseka
Aug 15, 2011 Kaseka rated it liked it
An interesting overview--with funny, quirky illustrations by Antram--of the American pioneer's journey from leaving home to arriving at the chosen settlement. I picked this up because Julia Cameron (author of The Artist's Way) suggests reading children's books on topics you're curious about, both to learn the basics and to see if they whet your appetite to go deeper into the subject.

You Wouldn't Want to be an American Pioneer lives up to its name, as every page contains factoids of potentially f
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Gabby
Oct 02, 2012 Gabby rated it really liked it
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Beth Maline
This book is a hoot! It is full of light humor, funny pictures, and unlikely set of hand drawn characters, horses that aren’t as scared of hauling all that furniture and all those people as they should be to look in a mirror (they just look frightful or frightened or a combination of both).

There is lots of useful (NOT) advice in this story, that is set up like a how-to manual for those driving west in a wagon. It covers ‘Mealtimes – feeling queasy’ with the pioneer woman cooking in a barrel whil
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Irene
Oct 04, 2012 Irene rated it really liked it
Summary:
In "You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Pioneer!: A Wilderness You'd Rather Not Tame," Jacqueline Morley gives fun facts to children and really convinces readers that they never would wish to be a pioneer like those who traveled west. Fear of Native Americans, the hard work of building a house, danger at every turn, and many more adventures will leave students in awe as to how the pioneers made it through their journeys!

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Audience: I would use this book for children from first to
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Julie
May 06, 2015 Julie rated it it was ok
While this series is handy for getting younger kids interested in history, in particular many of the American history selections have inaccuracies or biases in them that are best squashed early on and not left for later. Books can be used to discuss these biases, such as calling Native American's "Indians". And talking about why they were attacking pioneers as they moved West is important and not addressed in the book.
Amy
Jun 25, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Another interesting book from this series. This would work well in a classroom of 4-6 grade where the students are studying Nebraska history or American history (with the Oregon trail). Engaging and informative.
Agent
Feb 19, 2014 Agent rated it it was ok
i read this as part of a school project to find racism in children's books, i found it
Mrs. Carey
Aug 09, 2015 Mrs. Carey rated it liked it
Shelves: jkes-library
This book made me want to go play Oregon Trail and ford the river.
Duane
Jan 28, 2009 Duane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed this series of books and this book keeps the ratings steady. Following a family as they travel west, you see the struggles and adventures they encounter as they travel by wagon through mountains, rivers and plains. Filled with awesome illustrations and wonderful humor, this book will appeal to any gender and age. A great addition to anyones library collection.
Jim
May 07, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it
not the story of a specific person as in the others in the series i've read. v. good, interesting, discouraging as hell. really glad they didn't sell this book in Independence in the 1800s. the art is a lot of fun.
Brittany Harrington
When reading this book, it reminded me so much of the old computer game "Oregon Trail". All kids should have the pleasure of reading this book and playing the game.
Mona
Jan 19, 2013 Mona rated it it was amazing
Non fiction-Historical info. presented in a silly, but informative format. Funny illustrations.
Knischansr
Sep 17, 2009 Knischansr rated it it was amazing
Excellant illustrations, the illustrations make the book
Tessa
May 13, 2012 Tessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-books
Another great one from the you-wouldn't-want-to-be folks!
Timothy
Mar 31, 2009 Timothy rated it liked it
I like the humor in history it gives
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