The Cabin Faced West

Book review by
Tanya Smith, Common Sense Media
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Story takes kids back to the frontier days.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a lively tale about a pioneer girl's joys and hardships, and includes an encounter with George Washington. The drawings of the characters at work and play are engaging.

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Parent Written byRosie chocolate December 14, 2011

The cabin faced west review

Well I think it is a very good book and for kids to read
Kid, 11 years old December 12, 2017

Pretty Good

This was a good book, although the text felt a little easy for me. Parts of the book were a little bit boring, but most of it kept me interested. Overall, I thi... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 9, 2011

cabin faced west

i think this book is fine but what i dont like is that a girl falls in love with a grown man and i dont think that is appropiate

What's the story?

Imagine yourself passing peas and potatoes to General George Washington! That's exactly what happens to young Ann Hamilton and her pioneer family one fateful night in western Pennsylvania. This charming, historically accurate story transports readers back to a time when the frontier was being settled, and families never knew who--friend or foe--would show up for dinner!

Is it any good?

With its cheery tone and fast-paced blend of fact and fiction, THE CABIN FACED WEST is the quintessential Jean Fritz book. It has all the earmarks of the award-winning author's other historical fiction books: a light, sprightly style, a dash of humor, and a dose of history. The wild frontier of early pioneer life forms the backdrop for this story, though unfortunately no date is given to ground the story. Early on, Fritz illuminates the mind-set that permeated the new West: The back of Hamilton's cabin was "turned squarely against the East just as her father had turned his back."

The artwork is wistful, especially when Ann Hamilton is shown in relation to the adults around her. Fritz paints her ancestor as a sympathetic character who uses pluck and intelligence as she struggles to surmount both homesickness and sibling conflict.

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  • Families can talk about life on the frontier. Would you find it exciting or dull? A fun challenge or too hard? How realistic do you think most books, TV shows, and movies about frontier life are?

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