Item description for Pioneer Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes (American Kids in History Series) by David C. King...
Overview Discusses pioneer life and presents related projects and activities
Publishers Description Dozens of fun, hands-on projects and activities from the days of the American pioneers Join twelve-year-old Sam Butler and his nine-year-old sister, Liz, on the American frontier in 1843. Discover the hard work, fun, and adventure of their daily lives, and along the way learn how to play games, make toys and crafts, and perform everyday activities just like Liz and Sam. You can make your own homemade soda pop and cook up a batch of johnnycakes. Use clay to create your own pottery and design a string of African trade beads, or learn the Native American art of sandpainting. You can even make your own holiday decorations out of dough or pinecones--if you're not too busy playing tangram, a Chinese puzzle game, or a beanbag target game. Pioneer Days is filled with interesting bits of historical information and fun facts about growing up in days gone by. Discover how different--and how similar--life was for American kids in history. Watch for Colonial Days the next exciting book in the American Kids in History series
Citations And Professional Reviews Pioneer Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes (American Kids in History Series) by David C. King has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 912
School Library Journal - 02/01/1998 page 119
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1999 page 48
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 413
School Library Journal - 01/22/1998
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 609
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 10.5" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1997
Publisher John Wiley And Sons
Series American Kids In History
ISBN 0471161691 ISBN13 9780471161691
Availability 0 units.
More About David C. King
AMERICAN HERITAGE is well-known for its magazine on American history, as well as its many highly acclaimed books, including The American Heritage History of the United States and The American Heritage Illustrated History of the Presidents.
DAVID C. KING is a former history teacher and an award-winning author who has written more than thirty books for children and young adults, including Wiley's American Kids in History series.
David C. King was born in 1963 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Hillsdale, New York ? Hillsdale, New York Hillsdale, New York ? Hillsd.
Reviews - What do customers think about Pioneer Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes (American Kids in History Series)?
Loads of info Jul 12, 2007
I purchased several Pioneer books recently in preparation for a Pioneer unit that my homeschool coop was having. This book is my favorite. It has lots of practical, fun ideas and projects. Some books have "kid friendly projects" but then I wonder "for whose kid??" This book delivers! Definitely worth a look!
Excellent book for May 1, 2007
homeschooling about the west. It has lots of nice crafts to do. Although, the fort they had an example did not work for us. We had to improvise with lots of hot glue.
Be careful with Native American activities Sep 4, 2004
Apologies--I haven't read this book yet, but I had to say something about this point. While Wiley & Son's activity & craft books are generally outstanding, there is a potentially serious problem with this one. The Hopi and Navajo activities included here should be handled with extreme care.
Hopi kachina dolls and Navajo sand paintings are both sacred items in their cultural context. While they are commonly promoted as tourist items and (wrongly) as appropriate "multi-cultural" activities for children, a settler in the southwest in 1843 would most likely *not* have encountered them unless they were actively involved with the Hopi or Navajo to the extent of becoming tribal members active in the Hopi or Navajo religions.
Kachinas are deities for the Hopi, interceding between humans and higher powers along the same lines as Catholic saints. Kachina dolls are representations of the kachinas, given to children to teach them about the different spirits, what they wear and how they act. The kachina spirits spend half of each year living among the Hopi villagers in the form of costumed dancers, in a cycle of often playful but still sacred festivals.
Navajo sand paintings are sacred components of healing ceremonies, which can last several nights (the length depending on which ceremony it is). The painting is made near the beginning of the ceremony, as a map for the spiritual journey the person will undergo, and is erased at the end.
White settlers in the Southwest might have seen Hopi kachina dolls held by children, and might have witnessed Hopi kachina dances (probably from a distance); but Navajo sand paintings they would *not* have seen unless they were part of a healing ceremony.
If you use the Native American sections of this book, please do so only with the understanding of the sacred nature of these activities, with proper respect for their meaning. Do a little more research, and make sure both you and the children grasp the nature of the belief systems that Hopi kachinas and Navajo sand paintings represent. To do these activities with your kids is a little like playing at making Catholic communion bread and having a mock Eucharist ceremony.
Thanks for reading!
This book brings the Pioneer life into *our* lives. May 29, 1999
PIONEER DAYS is a wonderful hands-on approach to teaching our children the pioneer lifestyle. The book follows a ficticious family thru the year 1843 and allows you to learn with your children what life on the homestead was like, including crafts, recipes, games and more. I would recommend it to homeschoolers especially as a good source for pioneer study. It has a good bibliography in the back for additional readings on the time period, including the LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE series. If you are hooked with this style of learning, there are other titles in this series (AMERICAN KIDS IN HISTORY) with which you may continue your study of American History.