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6 books Snowbound The Donner Party, Fortress Alcatraz

6 books Snowbound The Donner Party, Fortress Alcatraz

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6 History books for children

This listing has 6 different history books for children. One is a new HB with a DJ, and the rest are PBs. All are in Very Good condition: show slight handling; one has an M written on the front cover; one has 3 -5 written on the front end page.

An American Safari: Adventures on the North American Prairie by Jim Brandenburg

From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5-This personal photo-essay highlights the joy of being a wildlife photographer and the importance, if not critical need, to save the North American prairie and its inhabitants. The book features moving, lively writing with a strong pro-Nature Conservancy message. The excellent photography is clear, colorful, interesting, aesthetic, and informative. Useful material about prairie dogs, black-footed ferrets, bison, and a little on badgers and coyotes is included in Brandenburg's anecdotal story about his career and deep concern for the American prairie. His adventure with a rattlesnake he is photographing is riveting material for a booktalk. Other more evenhanded titles on this subject for this age level are Ron Hirschi's Save Our Prairies and Grasslands (Delacorte, 1994), Lynn M. Stone's Prairies (Rourke, 1989), and Frank Staub's America's Prairies (Carolrhoda, 1993). Those titles are more for reports; this one is more inspirational. David Bouchard's If You're Not from the Prairie... (Atheneum, 1995) is a new narrative with paintings that could be used as a companion piece in a program.

Ride Like the Wind: A Tale of the Pony Express by Bernie Fuchs

From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4--Although the Pony Express operated for only 18 months, the courage and daring of the young men who made these trips, battling severe weather, treacherous terrain, and hostile Indians, have become legendary. Fuchs has drawn on numerous historical accounts to create a fictionalized story of such a run. Readers follow young Johnny Free and his faithful pony, JennySoo, as they ride "like the wind," are watched by wolves, find their relief station burned to the ground, and are eventually attacked by hostile Paiutes. In a minor stretch of credulity, JennySoo returns to rescue her wounded master. The nicely paced, tightly written text captures the excitement and drama of the situation. The full-page, textured paintings carry the action forward, while their misty quality suggests a time gone by. An opening storyteller's note provides necessary background and an informative afterword provides more details about the Pony Express. This is a good introduction to the subject for youngsters not quite ready for Steven Kroll's longer and strictly factual Pony Express!

Prairie Visions: The Life and Times of Solomon Butcher by Pam Conrad

Solomon Butcher chronicled the lives of the pioneers who inhabited turn-of-the-century Nebraska, collecting their stories and capturing their images on film. This book interweaves those pioneer tales, the story of Butcher's own life, and his evocative photos, to bring to life the constant winds and locust swarms, the outlaws and the settlers, and the sod houses of early Nebraska.

Snowbound: The Tragic Story of the Donner Party by David Lavender
From Kirkus Reviews
A precise, dispassionate, horrifying account of the Donner party's disastrous trek to California that will have readers counting their blessings. Inspired by a land speculator's highly misleading guidebook, the two large Donner families and several associates set out from Independence, Missouri, in May 1846, were trapped in the High Sierra by snowstorms in November, and after running out of food ate their dead (most of whom died of natural causes); only 48 of the 88 survived to cross the mountains. The episode has been thoroughly documented by contemporary reports and later research, but this book is the fullest treatment yet for younger readers. Written in a formal, just-the-facts tone, Lavender (Santa Fe Trail, 1995, not reviewed, etc.) lists names, dates, rough terrain and weather, mishaps, casualties, and decisions good and bad, making the ghoulish climax almost ordinary after the physical and psychological hardships of the journey. Sensation-seekers may be disappointed, but this book provides a vivid picture of the obstacles faced by the westward emigrants of the 19th century. (b&w illustrations, maps, index, not seen, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-13)

Fortress Alcatraz: Guardian of the Golden Gate by John a. Martini

* A painstakingly researched history of Alcatraz by former national park ranger and noted Alcatraz historian John Arturo Martini.
* Lavishly illustrated with 150 diagrams and archival photographs, including rare 1869 photos by Eadweard Muybridge.

* Of the many books written on Alcatraz, this is the first to detail the island’s nearly forgotten but fascinating military history.

The Wells Fargo Book of the Gold Rush by Margaret Rau (illustrations from the Wells Fargo Historical Archives)

From School Library Journal: Gr 4-8-The important virtues that help this book to stand apart from the many others on the subject are the inclusion of period photographs and illustrations from the Wells Fargo Historical Archives and Rau's detailed, unified, and sequential narration. The author devotes individual chapters to the journeys of the forty-niners by land or by sea to California; to the various methods by which the miners collected or extracted gold from the surrounding soil and rock; and to various aspects of daily life in mining towns and camps. She also discusses the impact of the miners on the local Native American tribes and on the environment; the sometimes tumultuous and violent relations between "Anglos" and "foreigners," including the Mexicans who inhabited California long before the miners; the concurrent drive among Californians for statehood; and the interdependence of the economies of the eastern and western segments of the U.S., including the "bust" of the 1850s. The importance of banks and exchange services in the movement and safekeeping of the sometimes astounding amounts of money generated are also covered. It can be argued that Rau's final chapters constitute an encomium for Wells Fargo as well as an attack on the U.S. Postal Service. Nevertheless, this wide-ranging book is profusely illustrated, well organized, and thorough.

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