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Across The Wide And Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary Of Hattie Campbell (Dear America)

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Now that we're in the North Platte River Valley the air feels dry and thin. My lips are so chapped they bleed when I talk. The only thing to do is dip our fingers in to the bucket of axle grease and rub our lips every hour or so. It smells bad, it tastes bad, and the blowing dust sticks.

It feels like we must be halfway to Oregon, but Tall Joe says, no, we've only gone five

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Hardcover, 140 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Scholastic Inc.
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Faith Potts
Mar 05, 2016 Faith Potts rated it it was amazing
When I first started this book, I was so not 'into it'. I stumbled along through the first 20 something pages, before it really pulled me in. But one it did, I was hooked! It was so good! I loved Pepper and Gideon (adorable couple!!). And Mr. & Mrs. Biggs were my favorites!! :) I was shipping Wade and Hattie through the whole book too. ;)
If you like good, real, sad, stories of courageous pioneers, you'll love this book. :)
Arlene
Jul 14, 2015 Arlene rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Yeah I'm 27 and I just listened to a Dear America audiobook.

And I liked it.
Nattie
Nov 10, 2012 Nattie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story. I am a huge fan of pretty much all "Wagons Ho!", fiction, unless it is really bad. I found myself slightly annoyed. It seems that the book was obviously trying to avoid the big SEX word, but kept mentioning things that you know involved sex. I'd rather the subject was ignored completly if you're going to have scenes like the ones where Hattie asks the new 14-year-old brides what it's like to have a husband and they both blush redder than a red crayon. I guess the only things ...more
Audrey
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Berdena Beamer
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell is a really good historical book. I would recommend this book for grades fourth through sixth. It is the first Dear America book that I have read. The story starts in the spring of 1847. It is a good depiction of how it was back then to ride a wagon train across the United States to start a new life. There were several families who gathered in Independence, Missouri, where the Oregon Trail started. They traveled nort ...more
Mary Alice
Jul 17, 2009 Mary Alice rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Our family had just moved from upstate New York to New Hampshire at the end of the summer of 2005. Our daughter Olivia asked me to read this book with her. We started out reading this book together and one by one the rest of our family would gather to hear us read until "it" became the event of each evening or rainy weekend afternoon.
I think we were drawn to this story because in our own way, we had left "everything" behind; (family, friends, our church, home, a pet, furnitur
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Kirsten
Feb 12, 2009 Kirsten rated it really liked it
Good read it made me get wet eyes and laugh.
It helped me under stand what it was like crossing the river and walking for miles with out end but also the good times they had when the camped for the night and the thief your old friends could become.i also like in the back there is a historical note and pictures.
Rebecca
Mar 26, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I first read this book in March 1997 when it was first published and it was one of my favorite books ever. It brings the Oregon Trail to life and puts faces on the countless brave pioneers who braved the hardships of the trail to make new lives in the west. The narrator is a fictional thirteen-year-old farm girl from Missouri, Hattie Campbell. Through her diary, written in a voice that truly sounds as if it belongs to a young girl from that time, the reader experiances the events of Hattie's jou ...more
Allison
Apr 02, 2016 Allison rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Continuing my revisit of the Dear America series! Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie was one I really remember loving from my childhood, and it did not disappoint. I remembered certain plot points but was still surprised at others, and the imagery is just as vivid as I remember. A great read for any age!
Lauren Vevoda
Apr 26, 2015 Lauren Vevoda rated it really liked it
This was my favorite book as a kid!! I still remember the story to this day :)
Emily Whelchel
Mar 05, 2016 Emily Whelchel rated it really liked it
What I Liked

I'm currently on a middle grade book kick.

I chose to read this one because it was a favorite when I was small. I still remember the children putting "axle grease" on their lips because they were so chapped - but in my youth, I equated this to Carmex!

For a children's novel, this one doesn't dumb down death and tragedy. There are several tragic deaths throughout the story - eating poisonous hemlock, being washed away at sea, small children wandering away and never being found again,
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Sarah Crawford
Feb 01, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This book is the storie of Hattie Campbell in 1847 whose father decides that he wants to move the family to the Oregon territory. This involves traveling from Missouri to Oregon, a six-month trip by wagon through a rather wide variety of dangers.

As Hattie learns, not everyone survives the journey. Not every thing survives, either, as families often have to abandon personal possessions to lessen the weight of their wagons, trying to make the job of the oxen or donkeys easier, although even they
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Jessica Mcmahon
May 13, 2014 Jessica Mcmahon rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, to get through hard times, you must remind yourself of the treasures you are thriving for. When Hattie's family decides to move west in 1847, everyone thinks good or bad of it. Her father looks forward to staring a new life, leaving the last. Her mother is all tears, having to leave the place in which her dead children reside in. Hattie's brothers don't think of it much- they are young and naive. And Hattie doesn't know what to think- she has to leave her home and friends behind, but ...more
Sydney
Mar 21, 2014 Sydney rated it liked it
I did and did not this book. A lot of mixed feelings, but I love that it was written as a dairy entry, more then a normal chapter book, it's more exciting. Any-who the story takes place back in 1840's, and is seen though the eyes of young Hattie Campbell. As she and her family are making there way across America to their promise land in Oregon. Sense it is written in a Dairy format, I think like all the other dear America book well actually I'm not sure cause this is the first book that I have r ...more
Ariel Marie
May 01, 2016 Ariel Marie rated it liked it
This one is for nostalgia.

I decided 2016 is the year to challenge myself reading wise, but also to return to my foundations. Dear America books helped shaped my love for history. And you know what? That love has lead to a career in museums. To be honest, I would love to develop little mini-lesson plans or connections around kidlit to historical topics I work with. Sadly...the Oregon Trail is not what I talk about (but I sure do love a good book about it).

Anyhow. Thoughts:

The story follows the di
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xDearAmericaIsCoolx
Aug 11, 2014 xDearAmericaIsCoolx rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book and I absolutely would love to read it! Even though I've never read it, it sounds cool.
(Expect for people dying left and right.) I can see myself through Hattie's eyes!


I also can relate to the Indians' scare thing.
I am not judgemental, I can just see myself through Hattie's eyes, nor do I have anything againest Indians.


Overall this looks like an awesome book and I will so have my Library get it from a nearby library so I can check it out! :) Across The Wide And Lonesome Prairie The Oregon Trail Diary Of Hattie Campbell by Kristiana GregoryKristiana Gregory
Kristal
Jul 25, 2015 Kristal rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

I've read many books in the Dear Canada series but this is my first in the Dear America series. Overall I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of the third book from Janette Oke's "love comes softly" series accept I find that this book is more historically accurate. This is because in Oke's book not too much tragedy struck when the characters were traveling west. A lot of tragedy struck these characters, and you can tell the research was done to what ailments the travelers would have enco
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Brittani LaBare
Apr 05, 2016 Brittani LaBare rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-11-20
Hattie and her family are able to take their stuff and go to Oragen on a discounted price, so they decide to go. It is the story of the many adventures along the Oragen trail. It tells of the the joy, trials, loss, gain, and bittersweet adventures of the Pioneers. They experience many blessings and many trials and it is recorded how the people handle such things and keep moving forward. Written in the eyes and journal of a young 13 year old Hattie Campbell.
This story is written real and beautifu
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Beverly
Feb 10, 2014 Beverly rated it really liked it
In 1847, Natives were a perceived threat, but did not happen. It was a different story by 1848. This book has a good description of a family walking/riding west for 3 or 4 months. Babies are born and some die. Children wander off and never return. What I will remember about this book is the difference between parsnip and water hemlock.
Hattie inadvertantly kills 2 young children by cutting up water hemlock, thinking it was parsnip.

* Carrots and Parsnips have a long single root.

* Water hemlock loo
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Sara
Dec 16, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
The book is called Across the wide and lonesome prairie: the Oregon diary of Hattie Campbell. The author of this book is Hattie Campbell, this book is a non-fiction book, it takes place in Booneville, Missoura and Oregon. The main characters are Hattie, Wade, Pepper, Mr. and Mrs. Bigg, and the Kenkers. In this book Hattie makes her way from Boonville Missoura to Oregon with her family and in the end she meets great friends and other great families. I rated this book a 5 out of 5 because I like t ...more
Kamren
Aug 26, 2009 Kamren rated it it was amazing
OMG this was an amazing book when you are as young as me you need to read books like this i didnt not like on bit of it!!
CMac
Jul 25, 2016 CMac rated it really liked it
Short book - young adult or older children (except girls marry at 14). Makes history interesting - the travails of moving from Missouri to Oregon in a covered wagon. Very revealing on the perils of the times based on the number of deaths and injuries. Great perspective on few number of possessions and clothes compared to the closetfuls and cupboardfuls we have these days. Peak into things like early versions of chapstick, wheelchairs, entertainment (dancing instead of game boys and TVs) and othe ...more
Sharon Johnson
Jan 27, 2015 Sharon Johnson rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and even though it is historical fiction it is a great story
Sara
Jan 09, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I am familiar with the author and the series and I enjoy these Diaries a lot. This book was all about Hattie's family journey to Oregon. It took a lot of time and it was really hard. They faced a lot of diffucultes like croosing the river with the wagon, losing kids, getting poisoned etc. It really showed me how it was like in mid 1800. I would recommend this book to someone who has read any of the Dear America and enjoyed it, but also to anyone who like to read Diaries ...more
Nannette
Dec 15, 2014 Nannette rated it liked it
At first the book had a bit too much of Little House on the Prairie (lots of wagons on the prairie) feel to my liking. But after a while I sort of got caught up in the story. Those first pioneers certainly had their share of danger and hardship. The second part of the book I found especially interesting as it depicted daily life on the Oregon trail. The photographs and illustrations really brought the story to life. In my opinion this would be excellent reading for youngsters wanting to know mor ...more
Disan
Jul 23, 2015 Disan rated it really liked it
I found this children's work of fiction, though based on true events of the pioneers, thoroughly enjoyable. It neither glamorized the journey, nor made it detestable, but was truthful in all its good and bad. Traveling west was a huge decision not made lightly. This story helps young and old understand a little more what it took to make this country great. It took men and women of great courage to travel west into fairly unknown territory. The story of what Hattie, her family and the other pione ...more
Megan
Jul 05, 2014 Megan rated it it was amazing
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Heather
I think that this will live on as one of my favorite books in this extensive series. It brought back all of my childhood memories of playing the very first Oregon Trail game! Do you remember fording the Blue River, oxen dying, eating poisonous plants, breaking an axle? I do! All that and much more takes place in the diary of Hattie Campbell.

One of the great strengths of this book is the emotions that are evoked. Westward travel was certainly not easy. There were moments of terror, sadness, happi
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Taunalee Clark
Jun 13, 2012 Taunalee Clark rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit-1-12
Hattie Campbell's father has just announced that they are going to Oregon. The Campbells now have to leave their old life behind and cross the plains to their new home. This book chronicles the joys, challenges, and heartaches of the pioneer lifestyle, through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl.

I have loved the Dear America series since seventh grade. I adore historical fiction, and I have always thought these books are the perfect way to introduce teens to prominent historical events in America's h
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Rebecca
Feb 27, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the spring of 1847, thirteen-year-old Hattie Campbell and her family leave their home in Missouri to travel west in a covered wagon on the Oregon Trail. Hattie is sad to leave her home and her best friend, as well as the graves of her little sisters who died.

In her diary, Hattie writes of all the hardships her family and others in their wagon train experience. The pioneers face sickness, dangerous river crossings. Many people do not survive. But despite all the sadness, there is happiness to
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