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Long Way Westward Hardcover – Sept. 1 1989

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This sequel to The Long Way to a New Land follows a Swedish family traveling west across America to homestead in Minnesota. Their journey is not an easy one: sometimes the cars in the emigrant train have no seats, and in Pittsburgh they have to spend the night on the station floor. But they arrive safely at their destination, happy to have left poverty and famine behind and eager to start afresh in their new land. Sandin's graceful text never condescends, and is perfectly suited (as are so many of the other fine I Can Read books) to the beginning reader. She is also a talented artist, and the story springs to life through her finely drawn pen-and-ink drawings, washed with watercolors. From the clatter and bustle of New York City to the splendor of the rich Pennsylvania farmlands and a moonlit steamboat ride up the Mississippi River, Sandin vividly captures the flavor of an emigrant family's journey as seen through a child's eyes. A map is included. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 2-5-- With their parents, Carl Erik and his brother made their way from Sweden to America in Sandin's The Long Way to a New Land (Harper, 1981). Here the family moves from New York to a farm community in Minnesota. Historically accurate, the story chronicles a typical journey made by more than 50,000 Swedish emigrants in 1868 and 1869. Their perseverance is typified in this tale of four immigrants traveling westward in America at that time. The illustrations, well-executed black-line drawings washed with color, do much to establish the mood and setting. The dominant gray of the train scenes conveys the dismal nature of those accommodations while the Minnesota countryside seems washed in sunlight. This is a story that will attract competent primary - grade readers and will be equally suitable for less-able readers in the intermediate grades, especially those studying the United States and its immigration. --Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, IA
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins Canada / Other (Sept. 1 1989)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0060252065
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0060252069
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 113 g
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