Book Review – By the Great Horn Spoon

Posted on November 5, 2007
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By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman was, for us, an absolutely fabulous read – and was the highlight of our mining project. Don’t be put off by the cover of this book. Sid manages to portray the harsh times of the gold rush with gentleness and humour. It is about a boy and his butler (a very Jeeves character) who set off to make a fortune in the Gold Rush – and have lots of adventures en-route! We looked up the route of the steamboat (and discussed why they travelled by sea and not by land), we enjoyed the history of the tale, and we discussed the economics of the times. A great way to home educate!!

If you are looking for further Great Horn Spoon or Gold Rush resources, check out my Mining projects page here. Please let me know if you can think of any more!


2 Responses to “Book Review – By the Great Horn Spoon”

  1. Toni on May 28th, 2009

    By the Great Horn Spoon was a great book!!! Sid did a great job!!! My cousin is reading it in class right now and she loves it!!!

  2. jkl123 on March 10th, 2011

    I think that this book was very good

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