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When I first started this book, I was so not into it I stumbled along through the first 20 something pages, before it really pulled me in But one it did, I was hooked It was so good I loved Pepper and Gideon adorable couple And Mr Mrs Biggs were my favorites I was shipping Wade and Hattie through the whole book too If you like good, real, sad, stories of courageous pioneers, you ll love this book. I loved this book Our family had just moved from upstate New York to New Hampshire at the end of the summer of 2005 Our daughter Olivia asked me to read this book with her We started out reading this book together and one by one the rest of our family would gather to hear us read until it became the event of each evening or rainy weekend afternoon I think we were drawn to this story because in our own way, we had left everything behind family, friends, our church, home, a pet, furniture and even a piano that I had prayed for and God divinely sent our way to find a new life in New England Each of the children and my husband and I felt as connected to the characters in the story as we did their journey. My sister and I joke about how darn depressing this series can be just read some of the titles The Dear Canada ones sound even worse I ll have to read some of those sometime But perhaps it s precisely because these books don t squirm away from the gritty details of history that I found them so compelling as a child Actually I think what I liked like about them has to do with the fact that I m fascinated by history not just dates and names and places, but about history as the stories of real people that had thoughts and emotions and ups and downs This series does a wonderful job of allowing readers to imagine living in the shoes of one of those individuals, and along the way discover that so much of who we are as people doesn t change So with that introduction, this book seems to be pretty depressing even by Dear America standards Within the first few pages, the protagonist s uncle falls off the roof and dies While trying to bury him, his coffin somehow floats down the river and is lost A passing boat captain feels sorry for them and offers to give the family free passage to anywhere they chose They take advantage of this offer by deciding to move to Oregon The free fare allows them to get to where the Oregon Trail starts That beginning felt rather bizarre to me, but her uncle s death is only the first of many tragedies to come Through the course of the book a nine year old boy is accidentally shot in the neck and killed by careless boys, twin children wander off the trail and are lost, three kids die from accidentally eating water hemlock which the protagonist unknowingly prepares , a woman dies as a result of childbirth, two families drown while crossing a river when their livestock gets tangled and their wagons capsize, a boy gets trampled and dies, a man dies from a rattlesnake bite, an old man commits suicide, and a woman dies while trying to save her husband while crossing a river There are a few things, but that s most of it Seriously, I have no idea how people did this journey it sounds absolutely awful Some women, like the girl s aunt, even traveled while pregnant she ends up having her baby while they are crossing a major river, and while the threat of a possible Indian attack looms I would ve been hightailing it back to Missouri at the first skeeter cake pancakes full of mosquitoes Then once they finally get to Oregon one of the first things they do is write to their friends telling them to come After all they went through, they are encouraging friends to do the same It s interesting, though, to read in the epilogue how just a decade later the trail was so vastly different people could then travel by stagecoach and stay at inns along the way So although this wasn t a light, fluffy, and altogether pleasant read, it was well told and informative The reasons people left their homes and traveled west, the concept of manifest destiny, the hardships the pioneers faced, and the courage of many of these people are all themes that are woven into the story I was really surprised that Hattie s fourteen year old friend was getting married Did people really marry that young I also wondered who performed the marriage ceremony was there a preacher or judge at the place they stopped The main character seemed really kind of obsessed about getting a husband, and I wasn t really sure what the reason for that was, other than to give something to modern day readers that they could possibly relate to maybe that was the point, since these books are targeted at tween girls One thing I didn t understand once these people got to Oregon, since they had no possessions and no money, how did they buy supplies and build a home I didn t dislike this book, and I m glad I read it it just wasn t a huge favorite 2.5 stars. I enjoyed the story I am a huge fan of pretty much all Wagons Ho , fiction, unless it is really bad I found myself slightly annoyed It seems that the book was obviously trying to avoid the big SEX word, but kept mentioning things that you know involved sex I d rather the subject was ignored completly if you re going to have scenes like the ones where Hattie asks the new 14 year old brides what it s like to have a husband and they both blush redder than a red crayon I guess the only things they can come up with in their minds for Hattie is the stuff that makes a person blush I always find it very puzzling as to how these people determine womanhood and manhood If you re only 14 you re a child on Monday, but if you re still 14 and get married on Thursday then suddenly you re a man or a woman a few days later Now you get to hang with the adults. I remember becoming interested in the Oregon Trail because of this diary and the excellent computer simulation, of course. A diary from a young teen is a great way to tell of the struggles and joys of traveling the Oregon Trail You see first hand the dangers, the everyday pains such as feeling lonely when your friend is married and you are not You see children born, and children die The realness of the story and how although the character is fiction, you know these kind of things did happen and you just feel connected. |EBOOK ♽ Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell ♩ Now That We Re In The North Platte River Valley The Air Feels Dry And Thin My Lips Are So Chapped They Bleed When I Talk The Only Thing To Do Is Dip Our Fingers In To The Bucket Of Axle Grease And Rub Our Lips Every Hour Or So It Smells Bad, It Tastes Bad, And The Blowing Dust SticksIt Feels Like We Must Be Halfway To Oregon, But Tall Joe Says, No, We Ve Only Gone Five Hundred Miles He Also Says The Worst Part Of The Trail Is To ComeDoes He Mean Rivers To Cross I M Afraid To Ask What He S Talking About Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell is a really good historical book I would recommend this book for grades fourth through sixth It is the first Dear America book that I have read The story starts in the spring of 1847 It is a good depiction of how it was back then to ride a wagon train across the United States to start a new life There were several families who gathered in Independence, Missouri, where the Oregon Trail started They traveled northwest to Oregon to make new homesteads and a new life.Hattie Campbell and her family lived in Booneville, Missouri It was her father s dream of starting a new life with the family after Hattie s two sisters died from swamp fever One day, Hattie s Uncle Milton died from falling off the roof During the funeral, the coffin slid off the wagon and into the river A steamboat was coming around the corner making large waves and sucked the coffin into it s tall paddles Uncle Milton was lost forever The captain felt horrible and offered to take the family anywhere they wanted to go, and anytime So this is how it began of Hattie s father taking the offer and move west.Her father was a very strong, determined, and a leader Her mother was very reluctant to go and to leave behind Hattie s sisters, whom they ll never see again To help convince Hattie s mother, her father says, Augusta, he said, we ll be able to start a new life, where there ain t no sad memories She finally agreed, but still not happy with Hattie s father.Being the oldest now at the age of 13, Hattie had to be responsible and help take care of her much younger brothers Her Aunt June and Uncle Tim decided to move west with them Hattie started writing a diary of the adventure from day one and her aunt encouraged her to write everything down, good and bad There were several good things that happened along the way like babies being born and couples getting married But there were also many tragedies and much sadness, too. My first time reading this in probably 15 years, but it was my favorite Dear America book as a kid and it s still just as exciting and fun to plow through Told from the perspective of a 13 year old girl whose family decides to go to Oregon during the height of westward expansion in 1847, even though it s meant for younger readers, the book doesn t shy away from any of the horrors of the Oregon Trail, including all of the amazing ways to die poison getting crushed to death disease drowning freezing suicide heart attacks murder by fire murder by guns murder by scalping There s even a brief foray into cannibalism, in case you were getting comfortable The historical accuracy is pretty on point, and there s even a nice little epilogue to tie everything together at the end. Good read it made me get wet eyes and laugh.It helped me under stand what it was like crossing the river and walking for miles with out end but also the good times they had when the camped for the night and the thief your old friends could become.i also like in the back there is a historical note and pictures.