The Sheldon family traveled through the Ohio River Valley in a covered wagon in the 1800s, planning to settle in the town of Aurora. Focusing on this family's hopes and the hardships they faced, Sanders makes history personal and immediate. Full-color illustrations.
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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, and where he is Distinguished Professor of English 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 John Burroughs Essay Award, and the Lannan Literary Award.
As a child, illustrator Jill Kastner was always getting into trouble for reading under the covers with a flashlight after the lights had gone out. Jill has illustrated over twenty-five books for children, from pioneers and Native American themes to snakes, bears and acrobatic pigs.
Her books have been recognized in Children s Books of the Year lists by Bank Street College and Smithsonian Magazine, and have been selected for the American Bookseller Association Pick of the Lists and Notable Children s Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies. Jill s artwork has been exhibited in several galleries and children s book shows across the country. Jill lives in Weehawken, New Jersey with her husband, Tim, and daughters, Carson and Delaney.
From a notation in a historical source, Sanders constructs this story about the Sheldons, a family of settlers who spend the night on a muddy road when trees block their path only a few miles from their final destination--the bustling town of Aurora. But Aurora is no more than a surveyor's post, and so, once they are rescued by other settlers living nearby, the Sheldons become Aurora's first residents. "The next settlers did not come for three years," is the book's last line. Eloquently spun is this story of momentary hardship in the face of overwhelming beginnings. In an endnote, Sanders ( Bad Man Ballad ) explains how he came to understand the lives of people from the past; both the note and the story fairly pulse with emotion. Kastner's shimmering watercolors depict the stormy night and the dawn when Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon survey the land that is to become their own. A generous, poetic book, it casts a spell over the past. Ages 6-10.
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Book Description Atheneum, New York, 1989. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Jill Kastner (illustrator). 10 x 8 1/2. A new glossy pictorial hardcover book. No DJ. Focusing on the hopes and hardships faced by one family, provides a story of the countless pioneers who left their homes in the East to travel to unknown lands. Bookseller Inventory # 5805-18
Book Description Atheneum, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027782700
Book Description Atheneum, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0027782700
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