Minnow and Rose: An Oregon Trail Story
by Judy Young
In the mid-1800s thousands of pioneers crossed the western plains of the United States using the 2,000-mile pathway called the Oregon Trail. Minnow and her family live in one of the many native villages scattered across the plains. She has a lively sense of adventure and her favorite pastime is swimming in the nearby river where she rightly earns her nickname. Rose and her family are traveling in one of the many wagon trains making their way west. It's been a tedious journey with little excitement. Rose can't wait for something thrilling to happen. And one day it does. On the banks of a rushing river that divides one way of life from another, two very different cultures come face-to-face, with life-changing results.In addition to writing children's books, Judy Young teaches poetry writing workshops for children and educators across the country. Her other books with Sleeping Bear Press include the popular R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet and The Lucky Star. Judy lives near Springfield, Missouri. A graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design, Bill Farnsworth has created paintings for magazines, advertisements, children's books, and fine art commissions. He has illustrated more than 50 children's books and his book awards include a Teachers' Choice Award, the 2005 Patricia Gallagher Award, and the 2007 Volunteer State Book Award. Bill lives in Venice, Florida.
- Dewey: E
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585364213): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2009, 01/30/2009
- PDF (9781410308481): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2011, 09/01/2011
- Hosted ebook (9781627534215): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Series: Tales of Young Americans
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
- ATOS Reading Level: 4.1
- ATOS Interest Level: LG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 129325
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5
- New York State Reading Assoc. Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List--Intermediate Category, Short-listed, 2012
- Missouri Association of School Librarians Show Me Award List, Short-listed, 2011
- Storytelling World Resouce Honor Award: Pre-Adolescent Listeners Category, Winner, 2010
- Alabama Camellia Award Program: A Children's Choice Award, Winner, 2010
- Delaware Diamonds Book List--A Children's Choice Award, Short-listed, 2010
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Author: Judy Young
Judy Young remembers writing a poem for her grandmother when she was about ten. Her grandmother encouraged her to keep writing, and Judy did! Judy is the author of over twenty children’s picture books and her first children’s novel, Promise. Judy’s books are used extensively in the public schools and have received numerous awards and honors. One of the most cherished is hearing LeVar Burton read A Pet for Miss Wright for Reading Rainbow Storytime Video to celebrate National Reading Month. Another, was watching as R is for Rhyme, A Poetry Alphabet was performed by the University of Utah’s Creative Dance Program.
Judy received her MA in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Tulsa and formerly worked in the public schools for 20 years. Her first book was published in 2001, and in 2004, Judy left the schools to fulfill her dream of writing full-time. A frequent speaker at schools, children’s lit fests and professional educational conferences, Judy’s firsthand experience in the schools makes her programs not only entertaining, but directly related to school curriculum.
Judy resides in the Bear River Range near Mink Creek, Idaho, with her husband, Ross, a professional artist, who illustrated two of Judy’s books. They have two grown children and several dogs. In her spare time, Judy enjoys hiking, fishing and gallivanting around the country in “Arlo,” the Young’s traveling studio.
Illustrator: Bill Farnsworth
A graduate of The Ringling School of Art and Design, Bill Farnsworth has spent the last 28 years creating paintings for magazines, advertisements, children’s books, and fine art commissions of portraits and landscapes. A member of the Society of Illustrators, SCBWI, and the Oil Painters of America, his realistic paintings have appeared in many national shows and private collections throughout the United States. He has illustrated more than 50 children’s books, including the Kaya books from the American Girl series. His work has been included in the Society of Illustrators Annual Show and the Oil Painters of America National Show. His children’s book awards include a Teachers Choice Award, the 2005 Patricia Gallagher Award, and the 2007 Volunteer State Book Award. Bill lives in Venice, Florida, with his wife, Debbie, and daughters, Allison and Caitlin.