ABOUT THE BOOK
Twelve-year-old Eben McAllister dreams of faraway places after
he reads a book about the Seven Wonders of the World. He feels
doomed to stay on the farm and in his small community of Sassafras
Springs until he grows up. His father challenges him to find seven
wonders among his friends and neighbors in order to win a train
ticket to visit a cousin in Colorado.
Wonder; Country life; Family life; Neighbors
What do you know about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?
Which ones would you like to be able to see?
What wonders exist in your community? How could you go about
Do you think you would like living in Sassafras Springs? Why
or why not? If you could accompany Eben on his search for wonders,
which person would you spend the most time talking to? Why?
Research the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and make a
diorama to show them.
Explore your community and compile a list of the seven most
interesting ones you find. Make a display with photos, stories, or
models for each wonder.
Eben was rewarded for his success by being able to go to St.
Louis on the train. Imagine you earned a week''s vacation anywhere
in the world. Plan an itinerary and research travel arrangements,
housing options, and sightseeing opportunities for this trip. Make
a scrapbook of this imaginary trip complete with photos, schedules,
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Prepared by Arlene Wiler
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