april61, January 16, 2012 (view all comments by april61)
For asdf, why should school reading be "pleasure reading?" Sometimes, it takes some digging to get to the gems contained within a book! Perseverance pays off--some of the best books are the most difficult books in the English language!
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hawaiiteachergirl, April 27, 2008 (view all comments by hawaiiteachergirl)
I use this book for our study of the California Gold Rush. The students in my class, including the girls, are really enjoying it (we are reading it now). As we read, they search for figurative language (oodles of it!), examples of Praiseworthy's cleverness, nicknames, and Praiseworthy's character traits/evidence of such (I have made it into a contest). I find the book to be very enjoyable and it provides lots of good information about the California Gold Rush in a fun format.
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asdf, August 9, 2007 (view all comments by asdf)
What a dog of a book. It was assigned reading by my fourth grader's teacher, but my daughter hated it, I hated it, even the school librarian (politely) said she hated it. This was definitely not my idea of pleasure reading.
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Little Brown and Company -
In this rollicking adventure set during the California Gold Rush, Jack's aunt is forced to sell her beloved mansion to meet her debts. She is still unable to raise enough money to pay her creditors, and twelve-year-old Jack goes to California in search of gold to help her. Joined by his trusty butler, Praiseworthy, Jack finds adventure and trouble at every turn. Will Jack strike gold in San Francisco or come home empty-handed?
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