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We just added Westward to Home and several other My America books to our elementary school library, so it remains to be seen how popular this particular title will be.Author Patricia Hermes does a fine job of telling the story of a nine year old boy, through brief journal entries, about life on the Oregon Trail in 1848 While we get a kid s eye view of the hardships, the people, and some of the typical events associated with traveling west by covered wagon, I m not convinced that this is a g We just added Westward to Home and several other My America books to our elementary school library, so it remains to be seen how popular this particular title will be.Author Patricia Hermes does a fine job of telling the story of a nine year old boy, through brief journal entries, about life on the Oregon Trail in 1848 While we get a kid s eye view of the hardships, the people, and some of the typical events associated with traveling west by covered wagon, I m not convinced that this is a genuinely BOY S book.I have traveled along the Oregon Trail, from Independence, MO, to Walla Walla, WA, and I was once a boy That makes me no expert, but I think a nine year old kid on the Oregon Trail would be less interested in the interpersonal difficulties of the adults in the wagon train, andfascinated with guns, never before seen animals such as pronghorns, prairie dogs, snakes, lizards, and buffalo, and some of the amazing landforms that come into view after a monotonous trek across the flat prairies.There was a brief mention of Chimney Rock, which would be awe inspiring for any kid to see and muse about And what about Register Rock where a kid would surely stop to scratch in his own name and read the signatures of those who had gone on before One would think a boy would beamazed at his first views of the Rockies And even when Joshua is curious about the Indians he sees in the forts along the way, I d expect him to befascinated with the way they looked and talked, what they wore, how they smelled and how they did things like eat and smoke This could also be said for the soldiers and trappers he must ve seen at these forts.I also can t imagine a nine year old boy spending so much time in his journal worrying about a girl who was sweet on him Instead, I would like to have seen his male friendships developed a bitfully.Having said all this, I still think this book is a welcome addition to middle grade titles about the Oregon Trail The overall picture of the life, people and hardships, including many tragic deaths, is realistic I anticipate thatgirls will be reading this than boys, but it fills a need at this level Written February 15, 2002 Westward to Home by Patricia Hermes is about a young boy named Joshua, whose family leave their home in Missouri to travel on the Oregon trail to search for a better life They are traveling with many other families, who have experienced devastating tragedies Some have lost their possessions, and some have lost their lives Joshua experiences so much at his age, and even faces one of his biggest fears water While crossing a body of water, his sister falls in and gets swept by the current B Westward to Home by Patricia Hermes is about a young boy named Joshua, whose family leave their home in Missouri to travel on the Oregon trail to search for a better life They are traveling with many other families, who have experienced devastating tragedies Some have lost their possessions, and some have lost their lives Joshua experiences so much at his age, and even faces one of his biggest fears water While crossing a body of water, his sister falls in and gets swept by the current Bravely Joshua dives in to save his sister, but also struggles to fight the current Will he end up saving his sister, and will their family reach their new home in Oregon This book is great for 2nd 4th graders It is easy to read, and they can connect with the character in the sense that they are about the same age This book would also be great to read to the class if you are learning about the Oregon trail in History Illness resulting in death, Native American attacks, and the loss of limbs These are just some of the many disasters that happen when Joshua and his family experience the Oregon Trail in Westward to Home, Joshua s Oregon Trail Diary During this time period, President Polk entices families to move out west, to expand the nation from ocean to ocean Joshua s family decides to join a group that is heading to Oregon, in hopes ofland and a farm of their own During the six month journey, Josh Illness resulting in death, Native American attacks, and the loss of limbs These are just some of the many disasters that happen when Joshua and his family experience the Oregon Trail in Westward to Home, Joshua s Oregon Trail Diary During this time period, President Polk entices families to move out west, to expand the nation from ocean to ocean Joshua s family decides to join a group that is heading to Oregon, in hopes ofland and a farm of their own During the six month journey, Joshua experiences hardships that he was not prepared for one of the men in the group gets run over by a wagon, babies frequently pass away after being born, and men who go hunting are shot by Native Americans The group faces bad weather, lack of food, and dangerous terrain After the long trek, the group finally makes it to their destination, but do not forget the many people who did not make it along the way Westward to Home is action packed there are challenges and excitement on every page The diary format of the novel makes it a quick read Each entry is short yet keeps the reader wanting to find out what happens on the next day of Joshua s journey Some of the events could be difficult for a child to process, especially since death of a variety of ages is present throughout At the very end, the author writes a short description of the historical events and includes drawings from the time period There is also a sequel that children are likely to read immediately Readers will be on the edge of their seat, wanting to know if Joshua and his family make it to their new home Young Joshua records his experiences in a journal as he travels with his family in a caravan along the Oregon Trail Joshua learns just how difficult life on the trail can be as they face one tragedy after another on their quest to a better life.Genre Historical Fiction The character and story are fictional but the story is based on the real experiences of those that took the Oregon Trail.Reading Level OWriting Mentor Trait Voice The story is presented through Joshua s journal, necessitat Young Joshua records his experiences in a journal as he travels with his family in a caravan along the Oregon Trail Joshua learns just how difficult life on the trail can be as they face one tragedy after another on their quest to a better life.Genre Historical Fiction The character and story are fictional but the story is based on the real experiences of those that took the Oregon Trail.Reading Level OWriting Mentor Trait Voice The story is presented through Joshua s journal, necessitating the text to be written in his voice Each journal entry exhibits the enthusiasm, emotions, and informal language that might be expected of a boy his age and in that situation This text could be used to help students construct their own journal narratives by encouraging them to consider what someone may have thought and felt during other historical events Other Classroom Uses Please consider the maturity of your students before using this book in class since it contains references to several horrible deaths, domestic abuse, cannibalism, and scalping If your students are mature enough to deal with these dark themes, this book would provide a great discussion on westward expansion It could also lead into a great discussion about the pioneers perception of the Native Americans during that time In book one of this diary of life on the Oregon Trail, Pat Hermes tells the story of Joshua McCullough s family s experiences as they pack up their belongings and head west in a wagon train It iswhen Joshua McCullough and his family leave their home in St Joseph, Missouri, and set off for Oregon on a wagon train During their seven month long journey, many of the other families on the trail suffer devastating losses, but Joshua s is spared However, Joshua must conquer his fear of water during the many river crossings the wagon train must make During one dramatic crossing, Joshua heroically dives into a rushing river to save his younger sister Becky The battered wagon train reaches Oregon after traveling over two thousand miles This was not as in depth as some of the other going west stories I have read from Dear America, but like the rest of My America, it would be good for a younger audience, as it is shorter Perhaps read this in conjunction with some of the other going west themed books from the Dear America and My Name Is America series. This is a good choice for boys and girls making the move into true chapter books The book is illustration free, but written in a diary format Entries are short and easy to follow Hand this to kids who are fans of historical fiction and personalized diary accounts. I thought this book was great Hard to believe it s fiction, the story was so believable. Tough life expanding our country. A good young kid s book about the migration West. Westward to Home


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