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Covered wagons, bumpy trails
Kay, Verla.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam, [2000]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 26 cm
Illustrations and simple rhyming text follow a family as they make the difficult journey by wagon to a new home across the Rocky Mountains.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 45238.
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PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Illustrations and simple rhyming text follow a family as they make the difficult journey by wagon to a new home across the Rocky Mountains.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Plying the same peppy format that powered their Gold Fever, Kay and Schindler once again head West: "Mother, Father,/ Baby John,/ Bouncing, jouncing,/ Moving on." The volume explores life on a wagon train headed for California through the eyes of one family. Kay packs a motherlode of information into brisk quatrains, whether describing a packing list ("Fodder, water,/ Guns and tools./ Clothes and blankets,/ Stubborn mules"), the itinerary ("Rocky Mountains,/ Massive, steep./ Rugged trail,/ Wagons creep"), or homesteading ("Building cabins,/ Clearing lands./ Rustic timbers,/ Helping hands"). Occasionally the format necessitates a surface treatment of the events (e.g., when the families have to lighten their loads on a steep slope: "Dumping, tossing,/ Trinkets, trunk./ Cookstove, treasuresD/ Now they're junk"), but for the most part her sound bites entertain as well as instruct. Schindler uses marbleized paper for his watercolor and gouache illustrations, creating a parchment effect that gives the pages the look of an old diary. From close-ups of the characters to sweeping landscapes of the rugged terrain, his vignettes and spreads brim with details. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

This story, written in the author's trademark rhyming verse, adds a dimension of humor to a family's grueling five-month journey from Missouri to California. Children will be drawn to this adventure through the characters of Mother, Father, and Baby John who, in the charming illustrations, are shown to be a close-knit, happy family. When the trio at last reaches California, they are snug in their log cabin, getting ready for bed, as the rhythmic text comes to a reassuring close: "Mother, Father,/Baby John/Fleecy flannel /Nightclothes on./ Sturdy windows, /Heavy doors./Warm and safe now, /Happy snores." (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.