1. The main theme in the
book Wilderness Journey is if you persevere, you can reach your goal. In
the book, the mother of James and John leaves them in Philadelphia to go to
Pittsburgh and find a homestead. After a long time no letter comes from their
mother so James and John decide to go find her. They strive to find her and are
able to save her silver spoons which she gave them to pay a fare to Pittsburgh
if they had to. When they finally get to Pittsburgh, they discover that she went
north, and they agree to go north and find her even though the journey would be
2. I think the most
important character in the book is Mr. Tom, a circuit rider. Mr. Tom brought
"James Graham"(p.9) and "John"(p.10) from Philadelphia to
Pittsburgh in western Pennsylvania so they could meet their mother. They didn't
even have to pay him money as long as they "helped along the
way"(p.66). James's mother had gone to Pittsburgh earlier to look for a
homestead. When they got to Pittsburgh and couldn't find their mother, Mr. Tom
helped James and John by "asking the tavern keeper about their
mother"(p.119), and "George Adams, the postmaster"(p.122). He
also went to "the courthouse"(p.123) to "find where Malcolm
PcPherson's claim is located"(p.123) which was where Mary Graham was
staying. When they finally discovered that Mary Graham was not in Pittsburgh and
that she was in "the Shanago Valley"(p.133) up north, Mr. Tom brought
them there and too their great joy they found their mother. Mr. Tom then
performed a wedding ceremony when Mary got remarried to John Patterson.
3. The most memorable part
of the story is the end where James, John, and Mr. Tom reach the Shanago Valley
and discover their mother is going to get remarried to the uncle of the who they
traveled to Pittsburgh with.
exclaimed James, his mouth falling open. "Then-then you are the woman John
Patterson is going to marry!""(p.174).
4. I liked the book Wilderness
Journey quite a lot. It was sad when James' father died, but for the rest of
the book mostly only good and exciting things happened. The adventures they had
during their travels were quite exciting, but they could have lasted longer. One
exciting thing that happened was when a "terrible fire raced down the
wooded bluff toward the creek"(p.104) and they had to get the wagon in the
river and wade it out. One thing that made the book even more interesting is
that it was all true except for the small adventures during the journey, which
had to be made up because it happened so long ago.
don't think the book was a hard book to read or understand. There were not many
big or different words, and there were not to many things to keep track of.
5. I decided to read the
book Wilderness Journey because it wasn't to long or too short, and it
seemed very interesting. I also thought it interesting because it happened a
long time ago so I would get a better view of things historically. I chose it also because it was a true story.
6. I think the book was
written well, and lots of imagination was used so the story would go together
and be interesting. I think it could have been better if the author had made it
more descriptive in some places, especially the exciting parts.
would be a good book for some people, but I don't think teenagers would enjoy it
very much because It isn't exciting enough. They probably would enjoy a Hardy
Boys book more.