Vintage YA Fiction: Tree Wagon in Dust Jacket 1953 by Evelyn Sibley Lampman - Historic Oregon Trail Fiction / Novel


Title: Tree Wagon

Author: Evelyn Sibley Lampman
Illustrator: Robert Frankenberg

Description: Seafoam green boards with black lettering on spine. Gift inscription on ffep, else bright and clean. Dust jacket shows some light spotting to the bottom portion of the front panel; faint color fade on spine; light soiling along top lip of rear flap; not price clipped ($2.95). DJ in archival sleeve. 253 pp. 8.5 x 5.75 inches.

Tree Wagon is based on the Oregon Trail story of 12-year old Seenie (Asenath) Luelling, whose father Henderson Luelling, brought about 700 fruit trees and berry bushes with him when he came to Oregon by covered wagon in 1847. In researching the story, Evelyn Lampman worked with Charles Luelling (Asenath's nephew) and had access to his mother's Oregon Trail memoirs.

The gift inscription indicates that it was presented by Telaventure Tales, a Saturday morning TV program produced by Seattle's KING5 between 1951 and 1967. The show promoted literacy and was hosted by the Peabody Award-winner "Story Lady," Ruth Prins. Each week, eight hand-picked schoolchildren from Seattle (and sometimes Portland) would appear on the show. It is likely that the recipient of this copy of Tree Wagon appeared on an episode recorded in July 1963.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Near Fine
Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Publisher: Doubleday & Company
Place: Garden City
Year: 1953

Keywords: Robert Frankenberg, Telaventure Tales, Oregon, agriculture, juvenile, young adult, YA, historical fiction, Milwaukie, nurserymen, fruit growers, Oregon Trail, covered wagon, Henderson Luelling,

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