Reviews for Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself


BooklistOnline.com Reviews
Dickinson offers a brief overview of U.S. history from the Louisiana Purchase to the Census Bureau's 1890 declaration that the frontier was "closed," giving readers an idea of the people and the times, including mapping, the wagon trains, the hardships, the railroad, and home life. Each chapter comprises a general discussion, numerous illustrations, sidebars documenting important people and topics, a glossary of specialized terms, and one or two activities related to the chapter's theme. Projects range from a salt-dough relief map marking the routes of various trails to a recipe for pemmican. A supply list, succinct yet clear directions, and safety cautions are noted. Several activities, such as the cross-stitch sampler, are very time consuming, but others, such as the recipe for Johnnycakes, can be completed in less than an hour. Suggest this to middle-schoolers in need of a history project and to teachers, scout leaders, and camp counselors wanting new ideas. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

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Booklist Reviews 2007 August #1
Dickinson offers a brief overview of U.S. history from the Louisiana Purchase to the Census Bureau's 1890 declaration that the frontier was "closed," giving readers an idea of the people and the times, including mapping, the wagon trains, the hardships, the railroad, and home life. Each chapter comprises a general discussion, numerous illustrations, sidebars documenting important people and topics, a glossary of specialized terms, and one or two activities related to the chapter's theme. Projects range from a salt-dough relief map marking the routes of various trails to a recipe for pemmican. A supply list, succinct yet clear directions, and safety cautions are noted. Several activities, such as the cross-stitch sampler, are very time consuming, but others, such as the recipe for Johnnycakes, can be completed in less than an hour. Suggest this to middle-schoolers in need of a history project and to teachers, scout leaders, and camp counselors wanting new ideas. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

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Library Media Connection - October 2007
This title in the series is much more than an activity book for upper elementary and middle school students. Beginning with a timeline and several pertinent maps, it is full of historical information and perspective. Written in a clear, age-appropriate style, readers are given insight into lives of the people who settled and live on the land in much of the United States. Unfamiliar words are not only bolded within the text and defined in the glossary, but those of greatest importance in each chapter are found in a boxed "Word Round-Up." Text is enhanced with boxed relevant information, a related factoid at the end of each chapter, maps, illustrations, portraits, and photos. Italicized quotations are set apart from the narrative. The projects, which include making foods of pioneer life; household goods and equipment; and toys and games, are placed in proximity to the relevant chapter. Each project includes a list of supplies and step-by-step illustrated directions. Youngsters and teachers will find that this title makes the study of history more enjoyable and gives it an added dimension. Recommended. Shelley Glantz, Reviews Editor, LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION © 2007 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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