Meet Ranger He s a time traveling golden retriever who has a nose for trouble and always saves the day Ranger has been trained as a search and rescue dog, but can t officially pass the test because he s always getting distracted by squirrels during exercises One day, he finds a mysterious first aid kit in the garden and is transported to the year 1850, where he meets a young boy named Sam Abbott Sam s family is migrating west on the Oregon Trail, and soon after Ranger arrives he helps the boy save his little sister Ranger thinks his job is done, but the Oregon Trail can be dangerous, and the Abbotts need Ranger s help than they realize...
|Title||:||Rescue on the Oregon Trail (Ranger in Time #1)|
|Publisher||:||Scholastic Press January 6, 2015|
|Number of Pages||:||144 pages|
|File Size||:||896 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Rescue on the Oregon Trail (Ranger in Time #1) Reviews
Time travel has long been a staple of the science fiction/fantasy genre both for adults and for children. But this is the first time I've read a book that focused on an animal time-traveling. It creates an interesting conundrum for the animal since Ranger, a dog, can't explain to himself or to his new companions what happened and where he came from. I liked the fact that Ranger's skills in tracking and finding are clearly explained by his search-and-rescue training.
I really wanted to love this book as a read aloud for my 5 year old because he loves Hank the Cowdog and enjoys Magic Treehouse so I thought this would be a good mix but the writer essentially dumps you into the time period (Oregon Trail) with no real explanations or understanding of what is going on and while I thought the dog would be the main character of the book like Hank, Ranger just kind of hangs out through the whole book and doesn't feel like the main character. I would have rated it a 3 but my son said he liked it so I'm willing to give it a 4. And FYI there is a death of a mother and father early in this book that was slightly troubling to my young reader and we have to talk about it a bit so if you haven't had that discussion realize it will come up.
Ranger is a hyper-active golden retriever who just failed search and rescue training. He loves his human family and chasing squirrels but one day he uncovers a mysterious and magical box and is transported back in time. In the first installment of this series, Ranger ends up in 1850 on the Oregon Trail. It's here that his search and rescue training becomes second nature as he helps a new family and their friends survive a wagon train ride west.
A dog who travels through time and saves people--what child could ask for more? Messner is a gifted writer for mid to upper elementary readers and has written several books that I recommend highly to my library patrons. This one is a light, easy read for grades 3-6 and will leave them feeling satisfied and likely to reach for additional books in the series, which does not have to be read in order. Social studies teachers will appreciate the historical backdrop and accurate depiction of the time period featured and readers will be unaware of all that they are learning while following golden retriever Ranger into various places and times saving the day. The only reason for the 4 star review rather than five was due to the fairly predictable pace in the book, but many young readers will appreciate the fact that the storyline does not twist and turn its way to a conclusion.
I'm 71 years old so I'm not exactly in the age group this book was written for, but I still enjoyed it. I used to devour books like this when I was a kid, and it brought back good memories. It's a fun read for any age, and I plan to read more of Ms. Messner's books.
My daughter needed to read a historical fiction book for her book report. This was an engaging book for her, she enjoyed telling me about the story and how the dog could travel through time. Even though nit required, she wants to finish all the books.
My son loves this book! He's a 7 year old dyslexic student who hates to read. However, he heard about this book and asked for it so I got it. He hasn't put it down yet! We can't wait for the 2nd book!
This is a fun story told from Ranger's point of view. He was trained as a Search and Rescue dog, but he kept chasing squirrels, so he didn't pass the test. Instead he went back home with Luke and chased squirrels until one day he dug up a box--a strange box--so Ranger decided to show it to Luke; he shoved his head through the leather strap so he could carry it and then the box got hot and bright, and Ranger closed his eyes because of the light. When he opened his eyes, he was on the Oregon Trail, where he joined Sam and his family and their wagon train on the trail, sometimes helping them with his search and rescue training, but he never stopped wondering where Luke was and wanting to go home.