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Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Told in punchy, repetitive verse, this follows a family's adventurous trip from Independence, Missouri to Sacramento, California in the mid 1800s.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 9th 2000 by Putnam Juvenile (first published October 2000)
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Aileen Stewart
Feb 16, 2016 Aileen Stewart rated it it was amazing
Told in beautifully flowing rhyme, the story follows a family of three on their long journey west. Through hardships including foul weather, rocky mountains, and parched land, they forged on until they found their own promise land. Although this book is over fifteen years old, it is well worth the search.
LeeAnn
Jul 02, 2015 LeeAnn rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable. This one came out the year I met Verla at the Inland NW SCBWI Conference. Great author and generous fellow writer.
Danette
Jul 25, 2016 Danette rated it liked it
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Read with Naomi.
Tracey M. Cox
Mar 16, 2013 Tracey M. Cox rated it it was amazing
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Would you have liked to have been a pioneer? In "Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails" you'll get to take a journey with a family as they travel West.

"Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails" lets you witness the hardship and the heartaches that traveling by horse and wagon use to bring. Then to show you the pride of finishing and the feeling of a well done job.

S.D. Schindler's illustrations bring out the humor and bounciness in Verla Kay's text.

"Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails" is written by Verla Kay.
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Heather
Jul 19, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
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38 months - good rhyme and pictures have great detail but I was left wanting a bit more content about the journey. The map is awesome especially with the months written on the map. We talked about how long the journey would take based on the time between family birthdays and events between May and September. And how it only takes a day to drive through the mountains now but by wagon it would have taken a month.
Shawna
Nov 30, 2007 Shawna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 3rd-5th
This book that gives the chilren a fairly accurate depiction of what travelingto the West was like could be used in so many ways. You could use it with any Social Studies unit as a poetry extension or a short way to show how hard it was to get to the west. It could used along with Traveling trunks and the National Park Trunks.
RPBYS
Aug 18, 2010 RPBYS rated it it was amazing
Another great historical picture book. An author's note and a map in the front would be great for extension activities. I love how the illustrator showed the passage of time during the journey west by showing the baby grow into a toddler. (Not owned by RPB; put on hold.)
Molly Asp
Dec 14, 2013 Molly Asp rated it liked it
This is a historical fiction book that follows a family along the long, bumpy road west during the 1800s. It talks about the historical aspect of what life was like riding and living in covered wagons.
Kell*
Dec 02, 2007 Kell* rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: k-2
This is a book that discovers the traveling of a family on the Oregon trail. It could be used for introducing seasons, but the best feature is the rhyming vocabulary and circumstances of that era.
Dayna
May 26, 2016 Dayna rated it liked it
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Simple rhyming picture book about the California Trail. Lovely illustrations and accurate information for even the littlest ones.
Sarah
Sep 14, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
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We enjoy this one often. (my 4yo and I)
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