Item description for The Christmas Angel by C. Snider Mary K., Jean Kelso...
Melissa is a young girl who moves with her family to Oregon via The Oregon Trail. She has been allowed to bring one prized possession and she struggles to see that the porcelain angel that has topped the family Christmas tree makes the journey safely. Perfect as an educational introduction to the Oregon Trail or pioneering as a study unit; 32 pages including 4 activity pages, 16 illustrations, Oregon Trail map & websites for further study.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.08" Weight: 0.17 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2007
Publisher Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
ISBN 1933090588 ISBN13 9781933090580
Availability 112 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 20, 2016 03:51.
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This book is close to my heart since I used to live in Oregon and loved any and all stories having to do with the Oregon Trail. Both author Mary Jean Kelso and illustrator K. C. Snider also lived in Oregon, so this book is as authentic as you can get in a fiction story.
Eight-year-old Melissa Wheeler and her family travel from Philadelphia to join up with a wagon train in Independence, Missouri that is headed for Oregon. Before leaving Philadelphia, however, Bradford Wheeler informs his family they are only allowed to take one small cherished possession with them on the long trip since space is at a premium in the wagon. Melissa knows right away that she wants to take her porcelain Christmas Angel treetop ornament that her father had gotten for her from England.
She carefully wraps her angel and packs her between her dresses in her new camelback trunk that carries all of her clothing. Melissa checks on the welfare of her angel often during the trip, especially after fording a swollen raging river that soaked almost everything they owned. Her angel didn't get wet so she is overjoyed. She takes her angel out of the box many times during the journey, just to touch it when she feels homesick for Philadelphia and all her friends, and to conjure up the memories of the happy Christmases shared in their former home.
One day, Melissa takes the angel with her down to the creek when she brings the family's cow to the creek bank. She sits near the edge of the creek to admire her angel's reflection in the mirror-like surface. Suddenly, she notices another reflection - and it isn't hers! You'll just have to read this delightful book to find out what happens next to Melissa and her beloved treasure!
Author Mary Jean Kelso knows her history, and I found her tiniest details amazing of how life on the trail really was for an 8-year old. Coupled with the very detailed and colorful illustrations of K.C. Snider, this book is right "up there" for a real authentic feel for this period in our nation's history. The end of the book contains a section entitled: "Activities & Info Along the Oregon Trail" as well as something I found quite fascinating, even when I lived in Oregon, a "List of Supplies" the pioneers were requested to purchase before leaving Independence, and also a list of other items that might be found in an emigrants' wagon in this captivating period of western migration. There is also a two-page map of the Old Oregon Trail accompanied by questions the readers might enjoy answering as well as website listings for more information about the Oregon Trail. This is a must-have riveting story for kids today to explore a very important part of our American past.
The Heart s of Our Children Oct 18, 2007
Mary Jean Kelso has written a Christmas story that is sure to touch your heart and remain with you long after you read the last page. A child's faith, a family's trip on the Oregon Trail of the old west spins a tale that is sure to become a family favorite to be read every Christmas. It will remind the reader how one little angel dissipated fear and racism and created an awareness that children have instinctively and adults need to relearn. It's a story of universal, unconditional love shown through the eyes of two children with beautiful hearts and different lives.
A heart-warming Christmas tale! Sep 26, 2007
The Christmas Angel is a sweet, heart-warming Christmas story about a little girl who ends up finding friendship in the most unexpected of circumstances. Set during the time of the pioneers, this is a tale that both teaches and entertains.
Eight-year old Melissa must leave her Philadelphia home to travel with her family to the West across the Oregon Trail, a daunting 2,170-mile long journey. Because they will travel by wagon, she is allowed to take with her only her most prized possession. For Melissa, this is an easy choice: the delicate porcelain Christmas angel her father once brought her from England. Carefully and lovingly, she wraps the angel and packs it in a box. Their trip is harsh, as they must walk many miles a day, mostly on foot, cross dangerous creeks, and camp overnight in wild, Indian territory. Melissa constantly worries that something will harm her precious angel. Then one day, her worst nightmare comes true--her angel is lost. Luckily, the most unexpected person brings it back to her.
This is a lovely book about friendship between two very different people from opposite cultures. It is also a tale about hope and the magic of Christmas. Children will delight in the colorful illustrations as they learn about the Oregon Trail and the pioneers, their hardships and dreams of a better life. At the end of the book there's a section with activities and information about the pilgrims, as well as a game and a map.
The Christmas Angel will make a lovely Christmas gift to any child as well as an excellent tool for teachers to teach this era of American history.