We’re taught in school about the pioneers, but what kind of people were they? Why did they leave families and homes to go West? And what kind of contribution did this have to American history? Readers will find out in Martin W. Sandler’s book, "Who Were the American Pioneers? And other questions about…Westward Expansion", which is part of the 'Good Question!' series of books for young readers.
I enjoyed reading this book because it was really informative. Of course, it’s not the type of book that goes too in-depth into this chapter of history, but it definitely shared a lot of good information. It also included maps, illustrations and photographs from that historical period. The Oregon Trail was part of the Westward Expansion, as was the Santa Fe Trail, so it was interesting to read about the California Gold Rush and the birth of the Pony Express. This part of history created so much and had such a valuable role in America’s growth and the book contains a balanced scope covering it all.
"Who Were the American Pioneers? And other questions about…Westward Expansion" is a good introduction to young readers about the pioneers and the Westward Expansion. There’s a lot to learn in this book and it’s a pleasant refresher for anyone who already knows about this part of history. It’s a good book for readers young and old, as well as anyone interested in history.
Westward ho, with the American pioneers! Why did pioneer families risk it all to move west? Who settled the frontier towns of the Wild West? Did pioneer children go to school? Kids will love learning about the dangerous journey, the Gold Rush, the building of the railroad, cowboys, and much more about this important period in US history.