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Wagons West!

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  40 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Saddle up for excitement on the Oregon Trail!

Way back in eighteen-fifty, when Americans were thrifty,
The times were hard, so most folks had to toil;
My mama, my pa and me labored hard to guarantee
That we'd earn a living from the barren soil.

In this rowdy adventure, the narrator and her parents and neighbors embark on a wild journey on the Oregon Trail, hoping to find rich g
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Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 15th 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 1996)
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Melki
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. . . doesn't happen in this book, which presents a much happier version of life on the Oregon Trail.

As always, Gerrard's artwork is a delight. I particularly enjoyed his painting of the wagons floating on rafts down the Columbia River.
Melanie, Aaron, Annie, and Mary Project
Read by: Annie
Genre: historical fiction
Author: Roy Gerrard
Interest Level: 2-4
Grade Level Equivalent: not available


This long form poem with cute and unique illustrations tell the story of girl and her family who leave their home to travel west to Oregon in covered wagons. Along the way they meet many different native Americans and encounter a gang of bandits. Eventually they make it and begin their new life in the lush, fertile lands of Oregon. It's a bit long and the poetry is mediocre, but it c
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Christina Cinfio
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a book for any of us who loved playing Oregon trail as a kid. It's a story about families travels out west and the challenges they faced. It brings your through the trail, talking about the different parts of the country and the different kinds of people the families encountered. It's a great picture book to read to kids to talk about the differences in times. They couldn't exactly hop on a plane to travel, drive to the store to get food, and stay in a hotel.

Melanie
Dreadful illustrations. Historically inaccurate. American Indians would never have been allowed to intermingle with white people in a trading post at Fort Laramie. White travelers would not have taken on an Indian child. If they had the child's tribe would have raided, not nicely met them, somehow effectively communicated and then assisted the party on their travels.

Get it right people, or don't write the book!
Jackie
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful picture book that shows the hardships, friendships, and determination that was part of the Westward movement on the Oregon Trail. With expressive, imaginative illustrations, this book will take the readers on a journey full of promise. Even the young will get a glimpse of these pioneering people as they made for a land to call their home.
Sarah
I liked the story and the details about how the families came to go west and all the challenges they faced. The rhyme was a little forced at times, but I imagine it would work better as a read aloud. I found the illustrations to be charming as well. It did remind me a lot of playing Oregon Trail as a child.
The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story of some brave souls from the Midwest making the trek to Oregon for better farm land and a better life. The wagon train encounters everything from bandits to friendly Native Americans.

Really interesting illustrations.
Carol
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Odd illustrations. Some awkward rhyming.
Mandy
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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