My 10 year old son read this book and gave it a more than 5 star rating. It was one of his favorites here in The Good and Beautiful Library.
This book is about a family that sold their potato farm and traveled to the redwood forest and started a new life. This book was so amazing and I love how they are all very courageous and hard working.
– Isabella, age 11
Such a great story about a family from Ireland and the trials and tribulations they have gone through trying to find a space of their own in the beautiful wilderness among the Redwoods. Strong family bond, love of nature and exploring, and bravery when dealing with living in the wild.
My son and I both really loved this book. It went perfect with a unit on trees we were doing and the story was very engaging. My son related to the boy Mike and would talk about if he grew up in those times, he would be like Mike.
I enjoyed this book as much as my kids! A great read aloud that will inspire the explorers heart in any who read it.
Set in California in the 1870s, this story follows Mike O’Grady and his family as they leave their potato farm to settle in the redwood forest. Ten-year-old Mike is sad to leave his family’s farm, but he soon finds his new home exciting and discovers a love of nature and of drawing. From being threatened by a wounded grizzly bear to discovering waterfalls, Mike’s adventures combine in a fun, wholesome book packed with good messages.
This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 3 course.
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