Scott Russell Sanders The Floating House

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The Floating House

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In 1815, the McClure family takes a flatboat containing all their worldly belongings down the Ohio River to Indiana, where they take the boat apart, using the wood to build their new home. Jr Lib Guild.

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Scott Russell Sanders grew up in Ohio. After receiving his Ph.D. from Cambridge University, he moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where he and his wife have reared two children. He is Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Indiana University. The author says, "I am trying to help children imagine history through the sharing of past lives, especially the lives of families who made their way into the wild heart of the continent."
His books for children have been honored by awards from the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Science Teachers Association, and the American Library Association. His books for adults have received the Great Lakes Book Award, the Mark Twain Award, and the Lannan Literary Award.
Helen Cogancherry's interest in historical research is reflected in her illustrations for Warm as Wool and Here Comes the Mystery Man by Scott Russell Sanders. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-In a story set in 1815, Mary and Jonathan McClure join their parents and numerous other families on an adventurous journey down the Ohio River. The McClures have been patiently waiting for winter's end aboard a loaded flatboat by a riverbank in Pittsburgh. Spring thaw makes travel on the river possible again; they set off, looking forward to a new life on fertile land in the territory that was to become Indiana. Sanders has written a descriptive narrative of these courageous people who loaded all their possessions, tools, animals, and family onto a flatboat or raft bound for a new home on unsettled land. The daily struggles and triumphs on the river are effectively portrayed throughout the narrative. Watercolor paintings in shades of blues, greens, and browns complete the historical perspective, detailing just about every aspect of this hardworking life. In addition, the children's sense of wonder, anticipation, and excitement is clearly defined through both text and illustrations. A pleasantly written and visually attractive picture book.
Rita Soltan, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI
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