Pages: 79 pgs.
Finished: Nov. 27, 2009
First Published: 1986, (new & updated, 2006)
Genre: children, non-fiction, history
One hundred and fifty years ago there was no railroad that went all across the country.
Reason for Reading: read aloud to the 9yo as part of our history curriculum.
Acquired: We own this book.
Comments: Presented in a question and answer format this book tells of daily life for the people who crossed the American West travelling the Oregon Trail in the 1840s. The questions start out with "What was the Oregon Territory?" and each subsequent question follows in a natural order from the previous. The book is very thorough and covers pretty much anything a kid could want to know from how they crossed rivers to how they made butter to what the children did all day long. The answers are written as if speaking directly to the reader and have both a sense of humour and amazement making history fun and interesting. The illustrations, which were replaced in 1992, are wonderful bright realistic watercolours. The 9yo really enjoyed this book. I also found this to be a great entry in the "If You" series.