The 19th Century has arrived and America is heading west. Wagon trains form on the frontier. Settlers seeking fresh lives and opportunities strike out to tame wild lands and build new cities. These new cities rely on young railroads for vital goods. Trails become rails and create great wealth. While the crowded East still offers options, its resources dwindle. Look west to make your fortune. Smart money seeks rich, unclaimed land and hungry new markets. Finance your settlers as they head west to build capitals of tomorrow. Link these cities with rails of steel. Operate your railroad to supply the townsfolk with goods. Go west. Settle the wide, open land. Claim your destiny. Settlers of America, Trails to Rails utilizes the simple, fun Catan hex-tile grid to map the young United States. Collect and trade resources in order to purchase and move settlers, build cities, lay rails and acquire and move trains. Create rail links to acquire gold, which lets you buy resources and use opponents? rails. Use trains to distribute goods to rival cities. But, as your settlers populate the West, they deplete the resources of the East. Still, your options always abound.Recommended Ages:10 – 14
Hannah and her family decide to head west to find a better life, and one day in early spring, they pack up all they own and set out on their grand adventure. Reprint. AB. NYT. "Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 8/1/1997Pages: 48Reading Level: Age 3 and Up
In West of the Moon, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Margi Preus expertly weaves original fiction with myth and folktale to tell the story of Astri, a young Norwegian girl desperate to join her father in America. After being separated from her sister and sold to a cruel goat farmer, Astri makes a daring escape. She quickly retrieves her little sister, and, armed with a troll treasure, a book of spells and curses, and a possibly magic hairbrush, they set off for America. With a mysterious companion in tow and the malevolent "goatman" in pursuit, the girls head over the Norwegian mountains, through field and forest, and in and out of folktales and dreams as they steadily make their way east of the sun and west of the moon.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 4/1/2014Pages: 224Reading Level: Age 10 and Up
This title is suitable for ages 9 to 12 years. You are there as part of a family of five - from the decision to pack up and leave; to buying the supplies and outfitting the wagon in independence, MO; to the arduous journey to Oregon; and building a new life in a frontier town. Take the challenge as you consider the same hard choices and tough decisions that the 'overlanders' faced as they traversed the continent in the Great Migration of the mid-1800s. Construct you own raft, canal locks, train, paddle boat, and prairie schooner for the unforgettable trip West. Meet Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, Sacajawea, Kit Carson, and the other mountain men, trailblazers, and American Indians who forged the way. Experience the Gold Rush by staking a claim and panning for gold; learn to lasso like a cowboy and make your own 'brand'; 'ride the tornado', pile up 'leeverites', and host a spelling bee; build yourself a pretzel log cabin or a sod house made from brownies - and construct a huge model of Fort Laramie.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 10/1/2000Pages: 96Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
The Little House books tell the story of a little pioneer girl and her family as they travled by covered wagon across the Midwest. Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic books, illustrated with Garth Williams' timeless artwork, have been cherished by millions of readers ever since they were first published over sixity years ago.Its a fond good-bye to the Big Woods as Laura and her family pack up the covered wagon and begin their journey westward to the prairie in this latest addition to the best-selling My First Little House Books series. Renée Graefs enchanting full-color illustrations, inspired by Garth Williamss classic artwork, bring Laura and her family lovingly to life in this seventh title in the My First Little House Books series, picture books adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilders beloved storybooks. Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 9/6/1997Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
Schylling Wild West Playset This Wild West Play Set includes multiple pieces to build your own frontier town. Building pieces look like logs. Other pieces include roofing, western figures and vehicles. It consists of 102 total pieces.
Historical photographs show what life was like for pioneer and Indian children growing up in the American West during the late nineteenth century.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 10/1/1990Pages: 112Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
Two giant, imposing dragons confront their greatest fears…each other!East Dragon and West Dragon live on opposite sides of the world. They have never met—and they like it that way. East Dragon is sure that West Dragon’s huge wings mean that he is very, very strong. West Dragon fears that East Dragon’s long, swishy tail means that he is very, very fierce. But when some meddlesome knights start a riff between their two kingdoms, East Dragon and West Dragon are finally forced to come face-to-fire-breathing-face. Might the two dragons finally discover they aren’t so different after all?Detail-rich illustrations combine with a lighthearted, inspiring message to create a playful twist on the classic theme of fierce, fearless dragons. This story of friendship across cultures begs to be read again and again!Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 1/3/2012Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
In this Wild West adventure, Julius is the sheriff in a town where everyone insists on doing things the same way. Readers will revel in seeing what happens when people dare to try new things . . . and go a little bananas!Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 9/1/2008Pages: 36Reading Level: Age 3 and Up
Hannah West may look like any other funky, artistic, street-smart Seattle twelve-year-old, but there's more to her than meets the eye. In addition to being a detective, adopted, and having a sixth sense for bus schedules, Hannah's also homeless, a fact that she and her single mom deal with by moving from one house-sitting job to the next. This time, they're taking care of a houseboat on the tranquil waters of Lake Washington. Before long, someone starts making waves, and before you can blink an eye, Hannah West is on the case. Hannah's not sure who is dumping chemicals in the water—or why—but one thing's for sure: if Hannah doesn't get to the bottom of things soon, they'll all be in deep water!Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 10/5/2006Pages: 151Reading Level: Age 10 and Up
Historical fiction, 1912. Twelve-year-old Eddie Malone is living a carefree life in the Florida Keys when his father, a worker on Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railroad, is thrown into jail. Eddie sets out for Key West with his faithful dog, Rex. Will he be in time to foil the thieves' next plot and prove his pa's innocence? (Ages 8-12)Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 2/15/2008Pages: 136Reading Level: Age 9 and Up
Little House Big Adventure Almanzo Wilder is going west! He and his family are moving all the way from their cozy farm in Malone, New York, to the bustling town of Spring Valley, Minnesota. Almanzo cant wait to explore, but life in Spring Valley isnt what he expected. The Wilders have to stay with relatives in a small, cramped house where Almanzos aunt Martha is cold and unfriendly. Almanzo longs for the freedom he had back home, and he especially misses his horse, Starlight. Even as he makes new friends at school and helps his father pick a plot of land for the family to settle on, Almanzo cant help but wonder: Is Minnesota the right place for the Wilders? Or do they belong in New York? First introduced in Laura Ingalls Wilders classic Little House book Farmer Boy, Almanzo Wilders adventures continue in Farmer Boy Goes West. Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 2/14/2012Pages: 320Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
Heading West traces the vivid saga of Native American and pioneer men, women, and children from the colonial beginnings of the westward expansion to the last of the homesteaders in late 20th century Alaska. In many respects, life in the backwoods and on the prairie was similar to modern lifechildren attended school and had daily chores, parents worked hard to provide for their families, and communities gathered for church and social events. But unlike today, pioneers lived against a backdrop of isolation, harsh weather, disease, and even plagues of locust. And for Native Americans, the westward expansion of settlers posed the most direct threat to their centuriesold cultures. But pioneer life was not all hardship. Settlers were able to build lives and communities, and experience a freedom brought on by new possibilities. Author Pat McCarthy has woven dozens of firsthand accounts from journals and autobiographies of the era to form a rich and detailed story. Readers will find more than 20 activities to help them better understand their pioneering ancestors. Children will churn butter, dip candles, track animals, play Blind Man’s Bluff, create a homestead diorama, and more. And before they finish, readers won’t have just headed west, but back in time as well.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 8/1/2009Pages: 144Reading Level: Age 9 and Up
Horses were in Annie Bronn's blood. For as long as she could remember, she had been fascinated by the spirited wild mustangs that roamed free throughout the West. So when greedy cattlemen started to round up the mustangs for slaughter, Annie knew it was up to her to save the breed. The true story of Wild Horse Annie's crusade to save the mustangs is inspiring. Readers will cheer her on, all the way to the White House, in her struggle to preserve these beautiful creatures from extinction.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 4/30/1992Pages: 224Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
Annie Oakley could shoot a gun better than any man in the Wild West. Mary Fields hauled stones and lumber. When one man challenged her, she beat him in a gunfight. Time after time, Polly Pry, a newspaper reporter, risked her life when she exposed bad guys and wrote the truth. And Sarah Winnemucca, daughter of a Paiute chief, fought in battle, negotiated peace between Indians and settlers, and gained civil rights for her people.Biographical sketches, color portraits and sepia line drawings reveal the accomplishments of fifteen amazing women whose adventurous spirit helped build our nation.Book Details:Format: Library BindingPublication Date: 10/1/2011Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
Martha’s family and Skits are going out west on vacation, and Martha doesn’t want to be left behind. But that cargo hold where dogs have to travel sounds scary. Martha has to prove that she’s no scaredydog if she wants to go on the trip. After they arrive, Martha is so excited to go on a cattle drive through Montana. But Cookie the cowhand isn’t so sure that Martha is fit for the trip after she causes a stampede. Can Martha show Cookie that she has what it takes to be at home on the range?Includes a glossary, instructions on creating your own travel journal, and a fun western word activity.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 5/2/2011Pages: 96Reading Level: Age 6 and Up
When a strange monster called Red Tongue threatens rams, ewes, and lambs everywhere, the Warrior Sheep spring into action. Now the five bravest sheep in the eweniverse must hoof it to Las Vegas to stop Red Tongue's rampage. And so the Warrior Sheep Go West. Can the warriors stop the mystery monster before it's too late? PRAISE FOR THE QUEST OF THE WARRIOR SHEEP : "Hilarious story full of adventure and wonderful characters."-Primary Times "A super-funny, super-crazy crime caper."-Betty Bookmark "Will have you laughing out loud...I highly recommend it."-Mother-Daughter Book Club (20110615)Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 8/1/2011Pages: 240Reading Level: Age 9 and Up
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia C. Wrede, the fantastic conclusion to her tale of magic on the western frontier.Eff is an unlucky thirteenth child...but also the seventh daughter in her family. Her twin brother, Lan, is a powerful double seventh son. Her life at the edge of the Great Barrier Spell is different from anyone else's that she knows.When the government forms an expedition to map the Far West, Eff has the opportunity to travel farther than anyone in the world. With Lan, William, Professor Torgeson, Wash, and Professor Ochiba, Eff finds that nothing on the wild frontier is as they expected. There are strange findings in their research, a long prarie winter spent in too-close quarters, and more new species, magical and otherwise, dangerous and benign, than they ever expected to find. And then spring comes, and the explorers realize how tenuous life near the Great Barrier Spell may be if they don't find a way to stop a magical flood in a hurry. Eff's unique way of viewing magic has saved the settlers time and again, but this time all of Columbia is at stake if she should fail.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 8/1/2012Pages: 384Reading Level: Age 12 and Up
Beloved children's classic offers warm, whimsical stories about Billy Mink's swimming party, Little Joe Otter's slippery slide, Reddy Fox's fishing expedition, why Grandfather Frog has no tail, other exciting tales. Gentle lessons about nature and wildlife combined with the fun of a good story. 6 full-page black-and-white illustrations.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 12/29/1995Pages: 112Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
Introduces readers to the proud young men who inspired a legend -- the trail-driving cow herders of the late nineteenth century.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 10/1/1990Pages: 112Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
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