Story Time

The American Pioneer
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
Audience
• Schoolage
Books
Apples to Oregon : being the (slightly) true narrative of how a brave Pioneer Father brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) across the Plains by:Deborah Hopkinson
A pioneer father transports his beloved fruit trees and his family to Oregon in the mid-nineteenth century. Based loosely on the life of Henderson Luelling.
Dakota Dugout by:Ann Turner
A woman describes her experiences living with her husband in a sod house on the Dakota prairie.
A Packet of Seeds by:Deborah Hopkinson
When a pioneer family moves west the mother misses home so much that she will not even name the new baby until her daughter thinks of just the right thing to cheer her up.
I have Heard of a Land by:Joyce Carol Thomas
Describes the joys and hardships experienced by an African-American pioneer woman who staked a claim for free land in the Oklahoma territory.
New Hope by:Henri Sorensen
Whenever Jimmy visits his grandfather he asks to hear how Great-great-great-grandfather Lars traveled with his family from Denmark to Minnesota and built a home that became the beginning of the town of New Hope.
Dandelions by:Eve Bunting
Zoe and her family find strength in each other as they make a new home in the Nebraska territory.
Aurora Means Dawn by: Scott Russell Sanders
After traveling from Connecticut to Ohio in 1800 to start a new life in the settlement of Aurora, the Sheldons find that they are the first family to arrive there and realize that they will be starting a new community by themselves.
Songs
Craft
DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Grandma's Quilt Paper Craft
Thanks to Sharra for sending this fun cut and paste paper craft in!

Materials:
paper
scissors
printer
tape or glue
something to color with if using the B&W version
* Additional suggestion: Wallpaper scraps. C. Turner

Directions:
Print templates of choice

Color template pieces (if using the B&W version)

Cut out template pieces

Glue onto a background piece of paper to form a quilt block or tape together to form a quilt block.

Templates:
Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.

Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).

Template for Quilt - Use black and white edition
http://www.dltk-kids.com/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.dltk-kids.com/pioneer/bquilt1.gif
Other
Non-fiction

Pioneer life in the American West
Christy Steele
J 978.01 Ste
Explains the hazardous challenges of daily pioneer life, such as finding the food, water, and fuel that people needed to survive.
Notes
I have chosen the following books to introduce the spirit of the American Pioneer. Picture books are not just for young children. School aged children often become inspired by books and enjoy being read to.