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Title:
Conestoga wagons
Author(s):
Ammon, Richard.
ISBN/ISSN:
0823414752
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 29 cm
Abstract:
Explains how Conestoga wagons were built and driven as well as their historical significance and importance to the early American economy.
Reading Level:
970 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.8 0.5 42103.
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Lexile Number:
970 Lexile.
Added Author:
Pub Date:
Holiday House, [2000]

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Summary

Summary

Explains how Conestoga wagons were built and driven as well as their historical significance and importance to the early American economy.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-5. In this picture book for older children, Ammon recounts the history of the Conestoga wagon, which served as the main vehicle for long-distance hauling in America between 1750 and 1850. The wagons, named for the Conestoga Valley, were built in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Each one could hold up to five tons of goods and was sturdy enough to travel over rough terrain. Ammon describes the manufacture of these vehicles, their special features and options, the draft horses that pulled the cargo, and the teamsters who drove them. The text is brief, but packed with valuable information and interesting trivia. Bill Farnsworth's illustrations (a combination of full-color paintings and pencil sketches) complement the text and add many setting details. Useful for report writers and a fine choice for a nonfiction read-aloud. References.--Kay Weisman


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-This informational picture book is a unique celebration of a mode of transportation that served early America well. Built in Lancaster County, PA, between 1750 and 1850, Conestogas were a better class of covered wagon, being sturdily built in three different sizes and having brakes. Ammon explains how these "tractor-trailer trucks" of their time played an important role in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Loaded with interesting facts on travel in the early days of westward expansion and comparisons to modern-day life, this fascinating title captures readers' imaginations. The massive, now extinct Conestoga horses used to pull the wagons are deftly described. Several unfamiliar terms, such as "lazy board" and "jerk line" are explained in the text. The full- and double-paged, soft-toned impressionistic paintings are supplemented by smaller monochrome sketches. This accessible tribute to an American icon will enrich any unit on pioneer times.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.