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Photos of pioneer tools, homes, and daily life become a record that testifies to the indomitable will and spirit of the early settlers of the West.
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Raymond Bial is an acclaimed photoessayist for children. Four of his books were chosen as Notable Books in the Field of Social Studies by the NCSS. He lives in Urbana, Illinois, with his wife and children.From Booklist:
Gr. 3-6. Similar in format to Bial's Amish Home , this book introduces readers to life on the American frontier. Bial briefly describes the clearing of land and the making of early cabins and their furnishings, including beds, tables, benches, toys, rifles, ammunition, clothing, soap, candles, and cookware. Occasional quotes from the diaries and reminiscences of pioneers add individual voices. Taken in full color at pioneer villages and sites in the Midwest, well-composed pictures of objects inside and outside of frontier homes appear on nearly every page. Concrete details of pioneer life will hold readers' interest despite the sometimes static quality of the writing. Bial's photography gives the book a look of integrity as well as a window into the lives of the pioneers. Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0395640466
Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110395640466
Book Description Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0395640466