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Gold Fever!: (Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 3 Book) based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
"Gold Fever" by Catherine McMorrow is a very good nonfiction book about the California Gold Rush. McMorrow includes most of the important facts in this fairly easy chapter book including the discovery of gold by James Marshall at John Sutter's sawmill, the impossible quest to keep the discovery a secret, the routes prospective miners took to California, and the hardships the miners encountered at the mines. McMorrow also wrote about the huge impact the search for gold had on the growth of California. "When gold was first discovered, San Francisco was a sleepy village. Two years later, 25,000 people lived and worked there". One aspect of history that McMorrow neglected to address was the tremendous effect the Gold Rush had on both native people and the "Californios" who had been living in California before gold was discovered. There are great pictures by popular illustrator Michael Eagle and a funny ending... "Then one day, someone found a lot of blue stuff in the Comstock lode in Nevada...'Silver' the cry went up.'Silver'". Fourth graders will painlessly learn about the California Gold Rush of 1849 by reading this entertaining and informative book.