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Bound for Oregon

by Jean Van Leeuwen

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A fictionalized account of the journey made by nine-year-old Mary Ellen Todd and her family from their home in Arkansas westward over the Oregon Trail in 1852.
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Straightforward children's book that describes one family's journey on the Oregon Trail. ( )
  E.Loveless1838 | Nov 23, 2021 |
From my 11 y/o daughter:

This delightful book is about Mary Ellen Todd's adventure journeying to Oregon. Along the way she makes new friends, her calf, Daisy drowns in a river, and meets some scary looking Indians. But, her hardest challenge is, trying to become a brave, pioneer girl.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes history, adventure, and the wild west.

http://j-kaye-book-blog.blogspot.com/ ( )
  judithkaye_v01 | Sep 12, 2008 |
This is a mostly true tale. While researching the Oregon Trail--the route many settlers used to travel overland to the west coast in the mid 19th Century--Ms. Van Leeuwen came across the memoirs of Mary Ellen Todd, a woman who had traveled the trail as a nine-year-old back in 1852, as recorded by Mary Ellen's daughter. It was a fascinating account and, in order to make it more readable to a modern audience, Ms. Van Leeuwen rewrote the tale, fleshing out details with her own imagination and the accounts of other pioneers. She did a good job. The story drew me in and I started wondering how the characters would fare as they made the arduous journey. It's a tale well worth checking out.
--J. ( )
  Hamburgerclan | Apr 8, 2008 |
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Alley, R. W.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doney, Todd L. W.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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