I recently read this as a read aloud to my 7 and 5 year old kids. They were enthralled and loved the story. I also was intrigued enough to keep reading. The pictures included sporadically throughout were a nice addition. My only complaint is that the story line with their mother being sick doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. My kids didn’t notice though and thoroughly enjoyed it. It had just the right amount of suspense, danger, and adventure. With a good wholesome family leading the tale.
Boys and girls alike get into this story. The setting and challenges of the times and circumstances are well described. I love the feel of family togetherness as they face new experiences.
My daughter liked this book, but it wasn’t her very favorite. She felt it was a little slow – but that said, she finished it in about two days! She enjoyed it – and I love that I can trust TGATB to pick fantastic, moral, books! I would recommend.
I just finished reading this with my children. They’re 10, 7, 6, and 4. And they all loved it! It was a cute story and a fun read.
The majority of the book surrounds Danny, a boy who finds gold just as captivating as we do today. With the story set in Utah, rather than the likely California, the gold is found in the rushing river, which leads to both exciting finds and outright embarrassment for little Danny. My girls asked to read the next chapter with every sitting; this would be a great read in a group and perfect for boys, especially ones who love adventure and discovery. Also, Pa’s love for Ma is exactly the role model I want for my family. It felt like his love was hidden in every chapter.
The two children watched and waved until the figures grew smaller and smaller. At last the big, white-topped wagon rolled slowly around a bend in the dusty road. Then they could no longer see their old farm.
Daniel and Betsy blinked their blue eyes before they looked at each other. Pa had said that they must not cry when they left their nice farm. They must be happy all the way down the wide valley and across the Cascade Mountains. They must smile as they went up, up into the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon.
“I give Gold Mountain top scores in every category: educational worth, literary merit, moral excellence, and entertainment value. The mission of The Good and the Beautiful is to bring books back to the world that are lovely and praiseworthy—books like Gold Mountain. Let’s give our children the best books and leave behind ‘junk food’ books that promote low character!” —Jenny Phillips
This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 3 course.
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