Wagon Wheels by Barbara BrennerWagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner

Wagon Wheels

byBarbara Brenner

Paperback | May 23, 1984

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Free people,
Free land

The Muldie boys and their father have come a long way to Kansas. But when Daddy moves on, the three boys must begin their own journey. They must learn to care for one another and face the dangers of the wilderness alone.

Barbara Brenner's curiosity about the world ranges far and wide. Her interests are reflected in the wide scope of her qualityfiction and nonfiction. Some of her best-selling titles include Wagon Wheels and Voices: Poetry and Art from Around the World, which was an ALA Notable Book for Children and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. One...
Title:Wagon WheelsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.19 inPublished:May 23, 1984Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064440524

ISBN - 13:9780064440523

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from True Story of African-American Pioneers I really like this story and find it very unique in its choice of topic.  Here we have a tale of black pioneers heading west to settle on free land being offered by the government.  Based on the real life story of the Muldie boys, whose story was chronicled in a local teacher's journal from the town of Nicodemus.  The book runs chronologically and tells of the hardships of the pioneers traveling this way, dugouts, harsh winter, an encounter with Indians and prairie fires.  The boy's father being a carpenter and not a farmer though must move further on to the forested land and at this point he leaves the three boys (11, 8, and 3) to fend for themselves with the aid of the neighbours.  Now this is a true account and I've read plenty of such circumstances happening, children were a hardy breed back then.  But this being an easy reader, the author does not make this transition well by omitting any logical explanation for the modern child reader to comprehend these circumstances.  This may be frightening to young readers who are reading beyond their age range.  The author's note at the end does explain a bit better.  This is the only reason I give 4stars rather than five.  I am keeping this one for my collection until I find an original hardcover; I have a concern with the illustrations being re-copyrighted by Bolognese in 1993 though making me wonder if they were slightly "updated" anywhere.  Looking forward to being able to compare the two.  A great reader though of frontier life from both the black-family and Osage Indian point of view.
Date published: 2013-12-05

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"A young black boy describes the wilderness adventures of his pioneering family in Kansas in the 1870s. "Recommended for middle graders with reading difficulties as well as for younger children".--Booklist. Three-color illustrations. Reading Rainbow Selection