The Secret Valley by Clyde Robert Bulla

The Secret Valley

byClyde Robert Bulla

Kobo ebook | June 25, 2013

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Join Frank, Ellen, and the whole Davis family on their adventure west during the Gold Rush of 1849. This exciting chronicle has the same appeal as Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books.

Title:The Secret ValleyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 25, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062290630

ISBN - 13:9780062290632


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rewarding Frontier Tale Another well-written, easy-to-read, low vocabulary chapter book by the excellent storyteller Clyde Robert Bulla.  This book takes us back to the California Gold Rush and a family who travels from the Missouri River to California to become rich.  The mom wants a warm cozy home with real glass windows, the daughter wants a garden with good soil where she can grow flowers around the edge and food in the middle, the son wants fields where he can raise sheep and the father wants to find gold to buy all this for his family.  There is the hard journey across country, a frightening scare with Indians which turns out to be a friendly gesture at trading, the continued presence of meeting and eating with the natives and finally the hard living in tent city as the father and son discover panning for gold is not the windfall they had expected it to be.  But an old man, Father John, gives them directions to Secret Valley where he tells them they will find what they are looking for.  When they reach this fertile garden of Eden they find no gold but realize it does have everything they have been searching for.  A rewarding story offering the difference between the greed for gold and finding the things you want are sometimes much more simple and closer to hand.  As per the time period the illustrations are monochrome and done in sepia tones to match the frontier atmosphere and are lovely realistic drawings.
Date published: 2014-02-18