Paul Erickson Daily Life in a Covered Wagon

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Daily Life in a Covered Wagon

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1994 Preservation Press hardcover, Paul Erickson (Daily Life on a Southern Plantation 1853). In 1853, the Larkin family loaded up their wagons and headed west in search of a new life. But how did they do it? What did they eat? How did they survive sickness, and attacks from cattle thieves? Drawing on diaries and letters, and illustrated with photographs of actual object from the past, Daily Life in a Covered Wagon explored what life was really like on the wagon trail. - Amazon

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Gr. 3-6. Using color photographs of original artifacts interspersed with text, diagrams, drawings, and original photos, Erickson re-creates a day in the life of a typical family traveling the Oregon Trail in 1853. Devoting special attention to the necessary equipment, the author describes many activities along the trail, including cooking, hunting, setting up camp, crossing rivers, and caring for the sick and injured. He also notes famous landmarks along the way and the Native Americans who frequented the area. Although members of the fictional Larkin family narrate the story, they function as a means of giving information in a personalized manner, rather than as true characters. Appended with a chronology of westward expansion, a glossary, and a list of places to visit, this will be a welcome addition to American history units and an excellent companion to the computer program Oregon Trail. The presentation of individual topics on separate double-page spreads will appeal to browsers, too. Kay Weisman

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Daily Life in a Covered Wagon is the second book in a Daily Life series on children in the West, bringing alive pioneer days and displaying how a typical family travels on a covered wagon. Enjoy bright color photos and exceptional illustrations which do a fine job of bringing the West alive. Daily Life in a Covered Wagon is informative, interesting reading. -- Midwest Book Review

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