A Book for Black-Eyed Susan caught my eye the moment
I saw it. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful! The entire
book looks like it is filled with watercolor paintings. The artwork
alone is enough to make you want to buy the book; however, the
story is just as captivating. It is a touching story about the
harsh life of a 10-year-old girl named Cora who is traveling on
the Oregon Trail. She faces a very tragic situation due to the
circumstances of pioneer living. Cora chooses to put her memories
into a keepsake that helps bring some healing to her loss.
This book is part of the Tales of Young Americans Series and is
a wonderful way to help children learn about pioneer life and the
struggles pioneers faced. It would make a great read-aloud for
young children or an independent read for older elementary students.
We happened to be studying this time period, and this book was
a perfect supplement to our history program. It definitely gave
my son some great visuals relating to this time in history.
There are numerous things a child will pick up about the Oregon
Trail from the illustrations. As he gets emotionally involved in
the storyline and the lives of the characters, he will realize
what a difficult life these pioneers had. It's a great way to spark
an interest in a more in-depth unit study. In addition, you could
incorporate activities such as quilting or book making.
My family definitely enjoyed this book. My 4-year-old was just
as engrossed in the story as my 11-year-old. It really made the
pioneer way of life realistic to them. I found that the detailed
illustrations sparked several different conversations with my children.
This is one book I will be keeping until my youngest daughter is
old enough to enjoy it as well.