Wagons West!

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1996 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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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 green land out West. These hardy pioneers and their trusty leader, Buckskin Dan, fight off outlaws near Fort Laramie, rescue a lost Indian boy, and raft down the rocky Columbia River, eventually starting new lives in the fertile Willamette Valley. Readers young and old will relish Roy Gerrard's rollicking verse and distinctive illustrative style.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An intrepid (if squat) band of homesteaders makes the wagon train run from Missouri to Oregon in the 1850s. Told by Gerrard (Jocasta Carr, Movie Star, 1992, etc.) as the versified remembrance of a ... Read full review

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User Review  - lleighton05 - LibraryThing

Critique: Genre: This story attempts to represent an example of what a family would struggle with while traveling on the Oregon Trail. The book is not detailed enough to explain the realistic ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Roy Gerrard (1935-97) wrote and illustrated many books for children, including Rosie and the Rustlers and Sir Cedric.

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