Synopses & Reviews
What if you could close your eyes and open them to find you were amongst hundreds of pioneers in 1843, packing up your covered wagon to travel the 2,000 miles of the Oregon Trail? Meet twins Liz and Lenny and their unique grandmother, who, with the help of her magic hat, can transport the twins to any time in history. In their first journey, the twins spend eight months crossing the country on foot and by covered wagon, braving the mountain ranges and river valleys, battling floods and droughts, and cooking slam-johns and sowbellies over buffalo chips.
Diane Stanley's spirited, humorous, and historically accurate depiction of day-to-day life on the Oregon Trail is brought to life with Holly Berry's energetic illustrations. Overflowing with fun, informative details, and word balloons that capture each piece of dialogue, young readers will be transported into an exciting page in American history alongside the adventurous Time-Traveling Twins.
Children's Pick of the Lists 2000(ABA) and Children's Books 2000-NY Public Lib.
Aided by their grandmother's magic hat, twins Lenny and Liz and their grandmother travel back in time to 1843 to join a relative and her family on the Oregon Trail, describing the experience of seeing buffalo, fording rivers, and meeting Indians on their journey. Full-color illustrations.
About the Author
Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, including The Silver Bowl
, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews
and Book Links
Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist
Editors' Choice; The Cup and the Crown
; Saving Sky
, winner of the Arab American Museum's Arab American Book Award and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; Bella at Midnight
, a School Library Journal
Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist
Editors' Choice; The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy
; The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine
; and A Time Apart
. Well known as the author and illustrator of award-winning picture-book biographies, she is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Washington Post
-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.
Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales: The Giant and the Beanstalk, Goldie and the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Holly Berry is an award-winning artist and illustrator of picture books for children. Her books include I'm a Pig by Sarah Weeks, The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires, and Market Day by Eve Bunting, among others. She lives on a blueberry farm in Maine with her family and a few pets—including a cat named Flossie.