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Next Spring An Oriole by Gloria Whelan
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Next Spring An Oriole

by Gloria Whelan

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This is a short chapter book that was used in a 3rd grade guided reading lesson. This story is about a family who moves from Virginia to Michigan because they bought a significant amount of land. Along the way they meet a Potawatomi family and the two young girls in each family become friends. The Potawatomi family helps Libby's family survive! This is an interesting story that would be a great addition to the Michigan classroom because it takes place in several cities in Michigan in the year 1837.
  Dportnoy | Feb 15, 2011 |
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"Historical fiction at an easy level is hard to find, and this pioneer story, narrated by 10-year-old Libby Mitchell on her journey from Virginia to Michigan in 1837, is smoothly written and appealing. The wagon trail is not easy, and Whelan is careful to include a taste of the hardships. She's also careful in her presentation of the Potawatomi Indians, who figure in the story when the Mitchells nurse one of their own children back to health. The story, though brief, is well developed."--Bulletin, Center for Children's Books.  

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In 1837 ten-year-old Libby and her parents journey by covered wagon to the Michigan frontier, where they make themselves a new home near friendly Indians and other pioneers.

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