Ruth By Lake And Prairie
True Stories of the American Settler
Buy Ruth in soft cover or hard cover, or the new Activity Book, here.
Companion Activity Book Now Released!
Finally! The companion book to the award-winning Ruth by Lake and Prairie is available!
Full of paper crafts to make, recipes, crossword puzzles and word searches, the Ruth by Lake and Prairie Activity Book is a fun way for children to explore the everyday life of the American settler.
Order yours today! Or ask your local bookshop to carry them if you want to pick up your copy locally and support your neighborhood merchant.
Inside you'll find:
Have You Seen the Book Trailer?
Ruth by Lake and Prairie makes a wonderful addition to the classroom. Here's the Book Trailer to show your teacher or librarian.
Our country's westward expansion is taught in every school, and new materials to augment lessons are eagerly sought after. Everyone knows the "Little House on the Prairie" stories, but much less has been written about the 1830's, several decades earlier.
Order a copy for your classroom today! Or pick one up at one of these fine bookstores
School and Community Presentations
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Power Point presentations on local history and the writing process available.
See presentation synopses and watch a video clip on the Presentations page.
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Waves! Wind! Wagon Trains!
Yes, the founders of Naperville traveled by covered wagon, but first they endured weeks sailing a schooner across the Great Lakes!
Battered by savage storms, idled by windless days, and navigating dangerous waters, Naper's settlers finally anchored their over-crowded ship near Chicago.
Some of the passengers stayed to help build the swampy young town, but the others pointed their wagons west toward the DuPage River. Meet some of their descendants on the Settler's Virtual Reunion Page.
The Voyage To Naper's Settlement
In the most complete retelling of how this small settlement was founded, long-forgotten facts uncovered over months of research are woven into an historical narrative reminiscent of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books. Follow the trail of clues on the Research page.
Meet Ruth Eliza Murray
Twelve-year-old Ruth Eliza Murray, niece of Joseph Naper, is the engaging focus of the story. Join Ruth, her mischievous younger brother Amos, her tough older brother Ned, and thirteen courageous families on their journey to a new home on the Illinois prairie. Learn a little more about who Ruth was or read the first pages of her story.
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