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Aurora Means Dawn
by Scott Russell Sanders (Goodreads Author)
In 1800, when the Sheldon family arrived in Ohio to settle, they were greeted by a storm that toppled trees and made the road impassable for wagons. Sheldon, forced to make his way on foot, soon discovered that their destination, Aurora, was nothing but a surveyor's post. After receiving help in a nearby village, the Sheldons found their new dawn after all. Full color.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Aladdin Paperbacks
(first published 1989)
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It must have been so hard to decide to leave everything behind to go to a new place with nothing but the promise of land and happiness. The settlers in this book faced really difficult obstacles to get to their homestead and build their home. I couldn't imagine having to weather such a difficult storm outside and then camp until a house was built with 7 kids! Wow! A great story of perseverance. What other kids of settling stories are there out there? What difficult obstacles did you face when yo ...more
Worthwhile for the middle school classroom, both ELA & Social Studies. Great for a lesson/unit on writing historical fiction, as the author speaks to the reader at the end about how primary sources about the history of his home inspired his writing. For Social Studies, this is a nice, brief little snapshot of being sold on a village that is really just a flag in the middle of the woods; the experience of the very first groups of white settlers in the west.
Sep 27, 2010 Megan rated it liked it
A family of nine travels to Ohio in 1800 to settle in the town of Aurora. They meet unexpected obstacles and find that the town is really not a town at all. A good illustration of the trials of early settlers. Sometimes the text was broken up in odd places, which was distracting as I read to myself and would be even more distracting if reading this aloud.
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 ...moreMore about Scott Russell Sanders...