January 24th Gold was discovered in California 1848 by John Sutter and John Marshall. While building a sawmill they noticed flakes of gold in the water. The Gold Rush began as people traveled by foot, horseback and boat in search of fortune !
In this brief rhyming story set during the gold rush, Jasper leaves his family and farm to pursue his dream of finding gold.
A fictionalized account of William Howell,
a young prospector who braved the arduous journey from Boston to the
Yukon Territory in search of gold in the Klondike River valley.
Some other books about the Gold Rush:
Chang's Paper Pony by E. Coerr
By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleishman
Fool's Gold by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Gold ! The Klondike Adventure by Delta Ray
The Great American Gold Rush by Rhoda Blunberg
Snowshoe Thompson by Nancy Smiler Levinson
Make Paper Mache gold nuggets !
You will need : small paper bags, newspaper (sheets and strips), yellow and orange paint, paint brushes and a glue solution.
Stuff bags with crumpled newspaper and wrap with strips dipped in glue solution to form a nugget. Allow to dry and paint the nuggets yellow and orange.
* Perhaps the children could use the nuggets as props to perform a play : )