Gold Fever

Gold Fever What s a farmer to do when he sees hundreds of miners heading west to get rich Join them Jasper is off to California with dreams of the gold that will fill his pans to overflowing He has his shovel h

  • Title: Gold Fever
  • Author: Verla Kay S.D. Schindler
  • ISBN: 9780399230271
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What s a farmer to do when he sees hundreds of miners heading west to get rich Join them Jasper is off to California with dreams of the gold that will fill his pans to overflowing He has his shovel, his pick, and lots of energy but finding gold isn t easy It s dirty, backbreaking work and in the end Jasper doesn t have anything to show for it Maybe farming wasn t soWhat s a farmer to do when he sees hundreds of miners heading west to get rich Join them Jasper is off to California with dreams of the gold that will fill his pans to overflowing He has his shovel, his pick, and lots of energy but finding gold isn t easy It s dirty, backbreaking work and in the end Jasper doesn t have anything to show for it Maybe farming wasn t so bad.

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    1. Have you ever tried to find picture books that will tie in with a unit on chemistry? Well, I can tell you that it's no easy feat! We were studying the difference between gold and iron pyrite, and I figured that finding a book about fools's gold in the gold rush time couldn't be that hard. Right? Wrong! They're a lot tougher to find than I'd expected. As a result, this book was a disappointment, since it never mentioned fool's gold, but I don't hold it against the book, which was actually pretty [...]

    2. This book is about the California Gold Rush and a minor that goes to find gold. It is written in short verse rhyme and has a few words of the type of language that was spoken in that time.This book was ok. It was written in short verse rhyme and so it was easy to understand and it was nice that some of it was written like they talked. The pictures were detailed enough to make the reader understand how the lands looked back then and the different things that may have been experienced while mining [...]

    3. This story combines rhythmic rhymes, period specific vocabulary, and lush illustrations to show young children that the Gold Rush during the mad 1849 dash was filled with farmers leaving their preconceived "hard life" to strike it rich quickly in the lands of California. Yet these dreams were hardly achieved. Not only did the forty-niners have to travel through frontier lands, they also had to perform labor-intensive gold mining and were in stiff competition with each other. The farmer in this s [...]

    4. This tells the story of a man's failed expedition to mine gold in California. He leaves his family and goes west, but he finds nothing but trouble. At the end, he returns home empty handed and sees other hopeful miners going to where he just failed.Gold Fever is supposed to teach about the gold rush, but the theme is really kind of depressing. I am not sure it totally allows readers to understand the risk the miners were taking by going west. It makes it seem like coming home empty handed was no [...]

    5. This book follows a farmer by the name of Jasper and his hopes and dreams of striking it rich in California. Jasper sets off to California to strike it rich by panning for gold. All he has is his shovel, pick, and a bag full of hopes. Jasper soon realizes gold mining isn't as easy as he thought, and maybe farming wasn't so bad after all.

    6. Short, rhyming verse. Very funny illustrations! A slice of history and a main character who would be relatable even to a child as young as 5-6 years old. (Not owned by RPB; put on hold.)

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