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The Klondike Gold Rush
ISBN: 9780531203606
Author: Shepherd, Donna Walsh
Publisher: Franklin Watts
Published: March 1998
Retail: $23.00    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: This highly praised series of books has been in print since the 1950s (launched originally by Franklin Watts himself). Today's First Books provide engaging, in-depth introductions to subjects in all areas of the middle-grade curriculum, including science, social studies, and the arts.

Illustrated with color and historical photography and art, each First Book is chaptered, includes an index, a "For Further Reading" list and, where appropriate, a glossary and original maps.

Additional Information
Physical Information: 0.41" H x 8.81" L x 7.41" W 64 pages
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Non-Fiction, History
Grade level(s): 3rd, 4th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1999)
Largely a bust for all but a lucky few of the 100,000 who rushed to the Klondike region in 1896, the Klondike Gold Rush created a subculture of amateur prospectors almost overnight. This informative, loosely organized account examines this makeshift society--how people lived there, searched for gold, and coped with the inflated economics. Small color maps and black-and-white photos supplement the text. Bib., ind. Copyright 1999 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1999 January)
Gr 3-6-Succinct and easy to read, The Klondike Gold Rush opts for a direct narrative approach to this exciting period. From the early discovery of gold by George Carmack and his two Native American brothers-in-law, through the frenzy and into its aftermath, Shepherd investigates both the hardships and triumphs of the miners. The clear narrative details mining procedures, the difficulty of traveling to the mining fields, the shocking monetary inflation that accompanied the rush, and even the miners' homesickness and unexpected tenderness toward and delight in the few children who lived in the camps and town. The author also notes the many money-making opportunities-such as laundries and bathhouses-that arose due to the primitive conditions in which the miners generally lived, as well as the prominent role the Canadian Mounties played in maintaining order in Dawson City, the hub of much activity. Period photographs give additional insight into the hardness of life during this period. Though the list for further reading is quite brief, Shepherd's list of related Web sites is a definite plus for computer-savvy readers. Short enough to appeal to reluctant researchers and long enough to provide a basic grasp of the events, the book succeeds admirably.-Coop Renner, Coldwell Elementary-Intermediate School, El Paso, TX