When Pioneer Wagons Rumbled West

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Deseret Book Company, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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When pioneer wagons rumbled west, when their wagons came to swift, muddy rivers, and when their wagons climbed steep mountains -- what did the pioneers do?

They worked and they prayed every step of the way, says author Christine Graham as she recounts in vivid words and pictures the challenges faced by the Mormon pioneers. Her rhythmic verse combines with the exuberant, historically accurate watercolor illustrations of Sherry Meidell to bring to vigorous life the trek west and the routine of life on the trail. The book reminds us not only of the backbreaking work done by the pioneers, but of the strength of their faith.

When Pioneer Wagons Rumbled West tenderly and reverently portrays their epic journey It is a book you will enjoy reading and rereading with your child, a book as winning in appearance as it is poignant in mood.

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About the author (1997)

Graham is a mother, freelance writer, a teacher and published poet.

May Swenson was born in Logan, Utah in 1913, the first of ten children. As a child, she played in the willows and along a canal that carried water from the nearby mountains through her small town, just as the speaker in "The Centaur" does. Eleven volumes of her poetry were published during her lifetime, earning her dozens of awards, membership in the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. During the last years of her life, she served as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. May died in 1989 and is buried less than a mile from her canal in “The Centaur.”

Sherry Meidell lives in West Bountiful, Utah, and coincidentally spent many childhood summers near May Swenson's home. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she specializes in brushes and watercolor with pencil for detail. The Centaur is the ninth book she has illustrated.

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