The history of the Great Plains and the Santa Fe Trail is told in text and pictures by focusing on a cottonwood tree and the events that happen around it.--from the publisher
When a cottonwood tree bursts forth on top of a butte in the desert along the Santa Fe trail it becomes a witness to the westward expansion with all of its challenges and human determination. The tree is at first tended by a young Native American boy but over the years it eventually goes the way of all living things and is spotted by a pair of frontiersmen, Jed and Buck, who are in need of a yoke for the head oxen who pull their wagon train.
This is a great choice for teaching our children about the experience of traveling the Santa Fe trail with its history, its geography, the role of the bison and the Plains Indians.
64 pages 978-0395182284 Ages 8-12
Keywords: westward expansion, history, Santa Fe trail, migration, immigration, settling the West, geography, hunting, American history
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com