Don't Know Much About the Pioneers by Kenneth C. Davis

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How did pioneers catch "Oregon Fever"?Were buffalo chips a tasty after-school snack?What famous western outlaw was really just a kid?

Westward ho! Pack up your wagon and come along on this thrilling adventure. Read about the brave pioneers who traveled the Oregon Trail, and share their excitement in finally settling into a log cabin or sod house.

Unfortunately, the West wasn't always the paradise the pioneers thought it would be. Harsh weather, accidents, and disease often delayed their journeys. And after they arrived, the chores were endless! Can you imagine helping to make bread, jelly, soap, and even your own clothes ... by hand?

Kenneth C. Davis shows readers the real pioneer life in his trademark question-and-answer style. With cool quotes, fascinating sidebars, and lively illustrations by Renée Andriani, the West doesn't get any wilder than this.


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Kenneth C. Davis is an American popular historian, best known for his Don't Know Much About... series. Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Davis attended Concordia College, Bronxville in New York, and Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York City. Davis's second book, Don't Know Much About History, spent 35 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and sold nearly 1.5 million copies. This unexpected success launched the Don't Know Much About... series. Andriani creates artwork for children's books, magazines, and greeting cards.
Published March 1, 2003 by HarperCollins. 48 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Science & Math.

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The author of the popular adult Don’t Know Much About series goes after a younger audience, laying out a skimpy assortment of random facts about the states and using the same lighthearted Q&A format.

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“Did the pioneers take the Yellow Brick Road to Oregon?” “Did the pioneers use their best parachutes for jumping off?” “Were there Pilgrims on the trail?” The breezy, casual style fails to provide sufficient context for the occasional serious sidebars, such as General Sherman’s statement that “th...

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Davis presents every president from George Washington to Barack Obama in a new book titled "Don't Know Much About the American Presidents" designed to help readers know more about these icons of American history.

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