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The author of the book: Rachel K. Laurgaard
Edition: Tomato Enterprises
Date of issue: November 5th 1989
ISBN 13: 9780961735722
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.61 MB
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A WOODEN FACE CAN ENDURE A GREAST DEAL
The story of the Donner Party of 1846 as told by a pocket-sized doll who survived the entire ordeal--a silent witness! These 19 short chapters describe the hope, simple pleasures and ultimate grim saga of starvation of the ill-fated Donner party. This pre-Gold rush wagon train took a bogus cutoff and fell into the pitiless trap of early an winter with record blizzards. Many of the emigrants who had dreamed of a new life in California endured the bitterness of prolonged starvation; many died (adults and children) in the snowbound cabins by Donner Lake and Summit Pass, but many others survived, including a plucky 8-year-old girl named Patty Reed.
She has a special friend who helps her endure this Ordeal by Hunger--a tiny wooden doll which she keeps hidden in her clothing. This doll (now on display at the Donner Museum near Truckee, CA) bravely shares the fate of her young mistress without complaint, and Patty keeps no secrets from Dolly. "I could not tell her, but I think she knew I lived on Love, not mortal food."
A tender story of incredible deprivation and the will to live. Young readers will be so caught up in the Reed family's struggle (shared by many other Irish families), that they will hardly notice how much they are learning about the Westward movement, wagon trains and the towering Sierra Nevadas. This is gentle dose of gritty American history--much easier to digestw than ORDEAL BY HUNGER.
(April 23, 2020. I welcome dialogue with teachers.)
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Read information about the authorMrs. Laurgaard was inspired by the story of Patty Reed and saw her doll, which for years was on display at Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento.
She taught Latin at California State University at Sacramento and wrote only one book.
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