“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Wagons Ho!. Written by George Hallowell and Joan Holub. Illustrated by Lynne Avril. Whitman, Albert & Company. c. 2011, 32pp.
Reading Level: 400L
Synopsis: One girl moves from Missouri to Oregon in 1846, and another girl makes the same move in 2011. Each girl misses their home and worries about the trip, but as each girl makes it to their new home in Oregon, they find their new home along with their new friends.
Rationale for Use: This text would be a great text to use to integrate the social studies and English/language arts curriculum. Students could compare and contrast the two characters and how the communities in the story changed over time.
Common Core Connection: RL 1.9: Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories. H.1.1: Explain how and why neighborhoods and communities change over time.