Voices from the Oregon Trail
Written by Kay Winters
Illustrated by Larry Day
The poetry created by Kay Winters breathes life into the story of the Oregon Trail and the many emigrants who traveled there in the thirty years of its use. Between 1830 and 1860 overlanders made the trek in farm wagons pulled by horses, mules or cows. Most people sought free land and riches to be made on their own terms.
They sent letters back home that helped to preserve their adventures; good and bad. People were born and died along the trail. They were married, injured or became sick or lost.
Each poem in this collection is written from the perspective of a particular individual. Women, men, children, Native Americans, and even the captain of a wagon train all have their say and give the story the feel of realism.
Third grade readers will be enthralled by the journey and the chance to think about and pretend they are along for the trip. The illustrations are colorful, active and realistic enough for readers to feel part of the square dance, the river crossing, or the hail storm.
Teachers and librarians can use this text in the core curriculum for literacy skill development in reading as well as in the areas of writing poetry and/or memoir. It would be a valuable addition to any library.
- Title: Voices from the Oregon Trail
- Author: Kay Winters
- Illustrator: Larry Day
- Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2014
- Reviewer: Elizabeth Swartz
- Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
- ISBN: 978-0-8037-3775-4
- Genre: Historical Fiction in Poetry/Oregon National Historic Trail
- Extras: Historical Notes/Further Reading Lists