...but not much of a story in this little narrative that a child in a progressive school might have written about the trek of the forty-niners. The plot is just the framework for a series of illustrative incidents: the children make an inventory of the wagon train and its contents; the baby is lost and returned by friendly Pawnees; the pioneers build a raft to cross a foaming river; they stop in Salt Lake City to see Brigham Young (""They remind me of the Pilgrims in the olden days. The Pilgrims came across the ocean to America so they could live and worship as they pleased.""); they try a guide's short-cut and find that they have been left behind at the edge of a cliff (""All men are not honest, pardner."") It's an obvious social studies adjunct, too obvious for the general market.