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A Paradise Called Texas
by Janice Shefelman
A Kids Wings Top Flight Award

In the early 1800s, citizens of Germany found themselves locked in a hopeless system which gave all inheritance to the oldest son. Mina's father, the second son saw his chances to have a good life crumble without an inheritance, so he accepted an offer by the Adelsverein, a group of German businessmen, to gather his family and sail to A Paradise Called Texas where they would find their land near New Braunfels. What they found was far from a paradise. Stranded on a Galveston beach in a cold, wet winter, facing the tragic loss of loved ones, hunger, and desertion with no way to reach their promised land, the family gathers their strength and depends on their faith to see them through.

Will they ever reach their land? How can they travel so far on foot in the face of weather and other dangers? Does A Paradise Called Texas even exist? Will they ever find the real paradise?

Like other immigrants seeking new lives in America, Mina and her family face hardships that, today, seems impossibly hard. Readers will empathize with their plots and their emotional experience will produce lasting memories of history.

A Paradise Called Texas is a cornerstone novel in the history of the immigrants who molded this country and grew strong in body, spirit, and faith. Based on accounts from the author's own family ancestors, it is an exciting page-turner that might just become the best memory of your students' school year! Historical fiction does not get any better than this!

The celebrated Kids Wings 80-page literature guide crosses the curriculum with problem solving, fun projects, and skill development. Classroom-tested and beloved by children, this literature guide is still the cornerstone of Kids' Wings history!

Research Links for
A Paradise Called Texas

The Hero of Bremen by Margaret Hodges
The story takes Mina through the town of Bremen as she leaves Germany.
This profoundly important German legends prepares readers for Mina's journey ahead.

Texas Immigration
Immigration to Texas
The German Texans
German Immigration

Questions and Answers about Immigration in the 1800s
History of Immigration in the 1800s

Using Primary Sources

You can purchase the 80-page literature guide A Paradise Called Texasfor immediate download for only $19.95!
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A 80-page unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for A Paradise Called Texas is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:

Germany, The Location (map study)
Germany, The Beginning, Ch. 1, Multiple Choice
Reading Between the Lines, Inference, Ch. 1
Vocabulary Check-up, Ch. 1
The Industrial Revolution, Social Studies Connection
Brainstorm, Research, Write
Should They Leave Germany: Weigh the Facts
A Contract with the Adelsverein
What Came First? Visualizing Sequence
Finding the Way, Map Study
In Other Words, Vocabulary, Ch. 3
Mina's Ship, Create a Diorama
Courage from a Legend, Literary Comparison with The Hero of Bremen
The Sailors' Jobs, a Logic Puzzle
The Storm, Multiple Choice, Ch. 3
How Much, How Far, How Many? Math
Story Writing

PLUS 64 more terrific pages including Writing, Math, Maps, and MORE
And answer key

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