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Addie Slaughter was a great read. The support material is valuable also. The grades the book would be in line with the state mandated curriculum are grades 3 and 5. Thebook is definitely reader friendly and is very important to Arizona history. The department of education does not see this type of personal connection as the primary focus on Arizona history past the fifth grade. I found it personally satisfying and have recommended it to many teachers in the district (Mesa). I appreciate the chance to gain a point of view I had not had before.
~ Tony Bisanz,
For those readers who need adventure, this book is full of adventure, from dangerous outlaws to the move to Oregon (then down to Arizona) to an earthquake to the Apache Indians. Addie eventually meets Geronimo, and he gives her a special handmade bead necklace, probably because of the respect he has for her father. While the story is full of adventure, it’s also got its sad points. It seems that Addie and her family were no stranger to death and sadness. The frontier life was not an easy life, especially in those days. I just about cried when reading about Addie’s adopted sister who died.
~June 29, 2011
I recently finished reading Susan Krueger's book, "Addie Slaughter", and wanted to provide you with my feedback. First of all, as a history teacher, I absolutely loved how historical events were seamlessly woven into the story. I was very interested in the references to the earthquake of 1887 and followed up by finding some resources on-line. I will definately include that segement of Krueger's book in my Arizona unit. In addition, the descriptions of the trail rides and living conditions will also be helpful to "bring alive" the experiences of the settlers during the late 1800's.
…I loved the inclusion of photos and the discussion questions at the end of the book. I can think of a variety of ways that this book can be used to springboard writing activities and additional research related to this historical time period.
Thank you for providing the opportunity to read this book and I look forward to including it in my lessons next year.
~Ellen M. Alger
Bravo! I read ADDIE SLAUGHTER, THE GIRL WHO MET GERONIMO. I liked the cover. It says "authentic". I was delighted with the clarity and simplicity of language. I admired the grit demonstrated by the ranch family, and the kind, generous spirit of these early settlers of Arizona. As a 5th grade teacher, I was always on the hunt for books like Addie Slaughter to supplement Social Studies topics. They were hard to find. Keep writing.
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This book is a great way for kids to learn about late 1800s life in Arizona, especially with the state centennial coming up in 2012. The author is a retired educator and a reading specialist, which makes this a superb age appropriate book that makes reading and learning history fun. It even has a curriculum guide created by another educator (Jean Kilker) with pre reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Additionally, it was written with input from Reba Wellls Grandrud, who is the Slaughter Family Historian...
~5 out of 5 stars!
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Based on the actual stories Addie Slaughter passed on to her daughter, and in-depth interviews with Dr. Reba Wells Grandrud, the John H. Slaughter Ranch historian, Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo, succeeds in capturing the interest and imagination of young readers with its youthful voice, colorful descriptions, historical photographs and exciting recount of actual events.
~Arizona Council for the Social Studies
I am pleased to recommend Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo. As a retired educator and former Director of Education for the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe, I recognize the value of this collaborative project for the children of Arizona.
This "chapter" book, as called by students and teachers, is based on the exemplary research of Dr. Reba Wells Grandrud. The oral history of Addie Slaughter is told by Susan Krueger through the eyes of a child to children throughout Arizona now and in future generations. Children will become acquainted with Addie and learn of her real-life adventures as the daughter of John and Viola Slaughter living in Tombstone and on the Slaughter Ranch.
Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo is an excellent opportunity for children to become inspired to tell and write their own life stories. Perhaps some of those experiences will be published for Arizona's Bicentennial.
Retired educator and former Director of Education for the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe
Addie was the daughter of the John Slaughter who owned the old San Bernardino Spanish Land Grant straddling the Arizona-Mexican border. I visited the ranch a few years ago and it is a desert oasis to behold. Thousands of people visit the historic ranch and this book would certainly sell well in their gift shop.
Susan's book is designed for fourth to seventh grades and is based on true stories told by Addie to her daughter. These stories are enhanced by Dr. Reba Grandrud, renowned research historian and someone I've known for more than 40 years. She was involved with the restoration of the historic ranch in the 1990s.
I spend a lot of time during the school year as state historian visiting fourth grade classes and I always take the time to look at their library collection of books on Arizona. There are a limited number of good books on Arizona that are written through the eyes of someone their own age. Written with Addie in the first person, students learn what it was like to be a young girl as an eyewitness to the town of Tombstone and experiencing rattlesnakes, outlaws, earthquakes, smallpox and Indian attacks, including meeting the legendary Apache war chief, Geronimo. Addie certainly lived the life of a young dime-novel heroine.
Susan's long years of experience as a reading specialist enables her to write at a proper reading level while Dr. Grandrud' s expertise assures historical accuracy. The two combined create a wonderful book that will certainly enhance the learning and appreciation of Arizona's rich history.
I highly recommend this book…
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