Tales and Treasures of the California Gold Rush

Tales and Treasures of the California Gold Rush

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Item #: 002646
ISBN: 9780933818286
Grades: 4-10

Category Description for Tales and Treasures:

Discover anew some of California's history with these engaging story books. The lively stories in these books explore the legends, facts, anecdotes, and lore surrounding people and events from California's past. Explore how the gold rush began; where the gold seekers came from (and where they went); how they lived, worked, fought, and played; and the effect they had on California history through the stories of Francisco Lopez, Sam Brannan, Joaquin Murrieta, Black Bart, Samuel Clemens, Lotta Crabtree, and many others. Trace the legacy of the missions through the shipwrecks, lost mines, buried bandit's loot, and fabled Indian gold that are part of the history of seven missions (San Diego, San Gabriel, Santa Barbara, San Antonio, San Carlos, Santa Clara, and San Francisco) and the communities that sprung up around them. The books explore and expound on the colorful and often little-known tales of the eras and are enjoyable to read in their straight-forward style. Black and white illustrations are sprinkled here and there throughout the text.

Hands-on History Project and Activity Books for each book are also available. These books provide a number of projects, activities, games and other ideas to help you integrate skills acrosss the curriculum, including a reader's theatre. While written for classroom use, they are easily adaptable for home use. They include black and white illustrations, answers, and are reproducible. sc, 56-65 pgs. ~ Zach

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Trade Paper
Series Title
History and Happenings of California Ser.
John Bergez (Editor) ; Ed Greco (Illustrator)
Randall A. Reinstedt
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Ghost Town Publications
0.7 (lbs.)
10.0" x 7.0" x 0.5"
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Tales and Treasures of the California Gold Rush is an engaging book told in the first person narrative of the author a storyteller Chapters cover stories about the first gold discovered how the 49ers arrived in California famous and infamous bandits what the 49ers did for fun and many many tales of lost and buried loot from the mines never found to ignite the imaginations of the listeners of the tales I read this book to my 1st and 4th graders in our California State study Both were engaged in the lively tales nearly always involving some sort of guns hanging or a posse So be forewarned this book has quite a bit of death and burials but not gory and unavoidable given the subject matter The early mining camps were not peaceful places In terms of the kids' visualization of the time place and people of the Gold Rush this has far been their favorite resource this year We very highly recommend it both for the content and the easy narrative style of the storytelling as either a read aloud selection or as a reader for older kids
January 19, 2012

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