Gold Fever

written by Verla Kay, illustrated by S.D. Schindler


Jasper, a young farmer, enviously watches a stream of 49ers pass by: "Dashing westward,/ Many miners. Townsfolk snicker/ Forty-niners." He soon decides to join them.

Readers then accompany him on the long route to west, then see as he faces all manner of hardships--from backbreaking work to harsh living conditions to dangerous wildlife.

Soon Jasper decides it's not worth it ("Grumpy miners / Nuggets small./ Jasper scowling / Fireside brawl.") and he heads home with a new appreciation for his life as a farmer.

Kay's verses capture Jasper's range of emotions along the way, but remain upbeat overall. Schindler's pencil illustrations are fun and humorous but also quite educational and accurate. We've said it before and we'll say it again...we really like Verla Kay!  School Library Journal rightly called it "a terrific read-aloud."


Interest Level:  Grade 2-4                Grade Level Equiv: 2.6


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