The Cabin Faced West

The Cabin Faced West


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Ann Hamilton's family has moved to the western frontier of Pennsylvania, and she misses her old home in Gettysburg. There are no girls her age on Hamilton Hill, and life is hard. But when the Hamiltons survive a terrible storm and receive a surprise visit from George Washington, Ann realizes that pioneer life is exciting and special.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698119369
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/30/2001
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 217,118
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.33(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Acclaimed biographer, Jean Fritz, was born in China to American missionaries on November 16, 1915. Living there until she was almost thirteen sparked a lifelong interest in American history.  She wrote about her childhood in China in Homesick, My Own Story, a Newbery Honor Book and winner of the National Book Award.
     Ms. Fritz was the author of forty-five books for children and young people. Many center on historical American figures, gaining her a reputation as the premier author of biographies for children and young people.
     Among the other prestigious awards Ms. Fritz has garnered are: the National Humanities Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award. the Christopher Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Non-Fiction Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and many ALA Notable Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice Awards.
     She passed away on May 14, 2017.

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The Cabin Faced West 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book for anyone on about a Fifth or Sixth grade reading level.This book is about a girl named Ann Hamilton who was living in the colonial times.She is a ten year old girl who is unhappy living in a log cabin in the middle of nowhere. But one day A special guest comes that changes her way of thinking about Hammilton Hill. This book was very interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Cabin Faced West is about a ten year old girl named Ann Hamilten who lived in the 1700s. She meets alot of guests, and one is a very special guest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book 'The Cabin Faced West' is a great book to read. Ann Hamilton, the main character, meets all kind people. I recommend this book to all fifth and sixth graders. You'll learn alot of facts about the colonial times, in the 1700'S.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Cabin Faced West is a good book. It is about this ten year old girl who doesn't like the western country. At the end of the book she is going to meet someone special.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was a girl named Ann Hamilton. She was a pioneer. She had to move over the mountains from her best friend Margaret. There were two people in this book that you would really love reading about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is great for people in about the fifth and sixth grade.I recommend it if you are learning about the colonists or just for fun.It is about a girl named Ann Hamilton and her family in the 1700s.
TeacherLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fritz, Jean. The Door Faces West. (1958). New York: This is the mostly fictional story of a young pioneer girl, Ann Hamilton, who was the author¿s great-great grandmother. It is 1784, and people are crossing the Allegheny Mountains to settle the wilderness of Western Pennsylvania. When we first meet Ann, we learn that she hates her the Western Country where her family has settled. All she thinks about is how much she misses her home in Gettysburg. As times goes by, however, she comes to see the beauty of her new home and starts to appreciate it. Without even realizing it, she begins to become a part of the country. She meets a friendly and interesting young neighbor whom she loves to talk with, and her kind and generous heart leads her to help another boy learn to read and write. When a friend offers to take her to Gettysburg for a visit, she doesn¿t know what to do. It is when General George Washington stops for dinner and talks about how much he values the West, that she realizes she has come to love it.This is a strong example of a Historical Fiction book. The plot, involving settling Western Pennsylvania in the late 1700s, is historically accurate. The values and attitudes of the Hamilton family are also consistent with the time period. For example, at one point Ann can¿t stop interrupting her elders at dinner and asking an interesting guest questions, and she is strongly chastised by her older brother for behaving inappropriately since a girl her age shouldn¿t speak in such circumstances. The family¿s nearby neighbors can¿t support themselves, so the Hamiltons give them food and help them without hesitating, as people did it this time. The setting is also historically accurate, from the family just starting out on a new farm in the new country to log cabins and needing a tinderbox to start the cooking fire. The author uses historically accurate terms, such as the expression ¿put my name in the pot,¿ which meant that person would staying for dinner. Historical facts are used, such as when General Washington comes to dinner. There is an entry in the real Washington¿s diary noting that he stopped for dinner at the Hamilton¿s farm in 1784. In addition, there are wonderful black and white drawings that depict the characters in historically accurate clothing and which accurately show the interior and exterior of the Hamilton¿s log cabin. This book would be an excellent resource for 5th grade teacher to use to help students understand the experiences of American settlers of the late 1700s.
Heron.Rose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book because it wasn't funny or interesting. The part where Daniel was teasing Ann was ok. But Ann didn't do anything exciting. I prefer Gary Paulsen's Tucket series.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one's another pioneer girl tale. I'm getting tired of pioneer girl tales, so I probably won't rate this as high as it may deserve. I suppose that's the burden I must bear, being the father of daughters and reading their books and all. I suppose I could wish I had sons, but with my luck, they would have taken after their mother and liked baseball. But I digress. We were talking about this little pioneer girl, Anne Hamilton, whose family has moved to the Western frontier. In this case, the frontier is western Pennsylvania, in the 1780s. One unique thing about Anne, as a pioneer girl character is that she doesn't like being a pioneer. She's longing for the good ol' days back in Gettysburg, where she had things like a friend her own age (and gender) and windows in her home. Beyond that, and a surprise at the end of the story, the tale is pretty standard pioneer girl stuff. Overall it's well written with likable characters. Ms. Fritz's writing does draw one into the story. The story is based on a real person, so there is also the nice touch of finding out what eventually happened to the characters after the end of the tale. Anyway, I would rate this one as waiting room material but as I said, I'm kind of biased against the genre, so take my opinions with a grain of salt.--J.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The cabin faced west is about a girl named Ann Hamilton who lives in an old cabin in the middle of nowhere.She alwase thinks about where she used to live which is gettysburgh.One day a boy named andy mcphale comes and ann becomes very good friends with andy. this book is an ausome book. you gotta read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a gaert book i espushualy like ann
Kelli Fagala More than 1 year ago
This book has been wonderful so far and i will continue to read Barnes and Noble books for the Nook!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever and i dont think you should read any other book!