Race for the Prairie
by Aileen Fisher
Excellent read aloud
We enjoyed this one as a read-aloud with my 4th and 1st grader. They both kept saying, “one more chapter!”. It was coupled with a look at the 50 States this semester. Cherokee Run was another good one we added, while I found that it seemed to have a lot of overlapping ideas/themes. They also enjoyed it!
Good Finds Good, page 134
My family and I read this book aloud and absolutely loved it! It is an exciting story that kept us wondering until the end, how things would turn out for the Fletcher family. There were two parts in the book that stood out to us of how a true Christian should behave. The book is inspiring and my nine year old daughter says that this book should get 10 stars!
Hard not to read ahead after the kids went to sleep!
I just finished reading Race for the Prairie aloud to my 7, 8, and 10 year old sons, and all four of us LOVED it!! The boys had me laughing as they all eagerly and loudly encouraged Becky to do the right thing when she was faced with several moral dilemmas.
Aileen Fisher does a tremendous job drawing readers into the adventure of life during this time period, while incorporating moral lessons that are applicable to all ages today. We’ll definitely be looking for more books by this author!!
Strong moral characters
This has been one of my favorite read alouds! It brought me to tears at several points. One part that stood out to my Mama heart was a simple sentence nonchalantly referring to Matthew 7:7.
…”Daughter, you’ve got a good thinking head on your shoulders. What do you say, Eliza?”
“I say Becky’s been a-doing some knocking and the door has opened” (page 86)
This was an absolute treasure! I love that it showed the power of prayer. I found myself thinking about all the choices that led up to the ending long after we finished and wanted to read more by this author.
My girls and I read this together, and really liked the main character and her story. It covered a part of history I didn’t know well, and helped me understand better.
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Becky and her family leave their farmland in the Ozarks to join nearly 100,000 people in a race for homesteads during the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. With a fast horse named Sprinter, Becky’s family hopes to get some of the best land, but unexpected events threaten their dreams. Interesting characters, an exciting plot, and feel-good messages all come together in this wonderful historical fiction book.
This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 3 course and is included in the optional History 3 Book Pack.
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