Homesteading: Settling America's Heartland

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Homesteading: Settling America’s Heartland describes the trials, tragedies, and triumphs of the brave pioneer families who set out into the unknown to create a home on the vast, desolate grasslands of the Great Plains. The Homestead Act of 1862 offered, practically free, a 160-acre plot to anyone willing to develop it. Hundreds of men, women, and children took advantage of the opportunity to build a home, a farm, and a while new life on the western prairie.
The homesteader’s life could be harsh. The Great Plains had few resources, unpredictable weather, and numerous dangers. Nevertheless, many stalwart Americans and immigrants took up the challenge. Many failed, but others survived and eventually thrived, opening the way for generations of Westerners to come.
Kids and adults alike will delight in this engaging short history, beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs by William Muñoz

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Dorothy Hinshaw Patent has written more than 135 books, mostly for children including When the Wolves Returned and Dogs on Duty, both designated ALA Notable Children’s Books. She lives with her husband on the edge of the woods in Missoula, Montana.

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Grade 2-5-This brief, clearly organized text introduces readers to homesteading on the Great Plains between the Civil War and World War I. Sharp, full-color and black-and-white photographs vividly expand upon the text and help draw occasional links between the lives of these past settlers and those of Americans in remote communities today. Patent is especially careful to explain the amount and difficulty of the homesteader's work in comparison to the ease with which machines later performed the same tasks. She notes that the political decision to encourage the settlement of the American desert had disastrous consequences for Native Americans. Building a sod house, plowing, sowing and reaping, household chores, schooling, and entertainment are all included. Whether used as a supplement to classroom texts or by students reading and researching on their own, this title deftly depicts a way of life less than a century removed from many of our families.
Coop Renner, Coldwell Elementary-Intermediate School, El Paso, TX --School Library Journal

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