Children of the Mission
Written by Dr. Nancy Zehring Fischer
Grizzly Bears and Grasshoppers
Did you know that grizzly bears
roamed the San Francisco Bay Area during the
California Mission period more than 200 years ago?
Or that the Indians who lived during that time boiled grasshoppers, salted them, and ate them like popcorn?
Join an Indian boy living at the mission; a young girl settler; and an Indian boy living in an Indian village, as their lives take an unexpected turn when they form an unlikely alliance to help find a runaway Indian youth from the mission.
Immerse yourself in the intriguing world of the children who lived during the California Mission period.
“This is a wonderful story that is perfect for fourth graders.”
Barbara Moore—fourth grade teacher
“This book provides a unique glimpse into California’s history when, mission, ranchero, and Indian life intersected and forever influenced the character of the state. It is a much needed narrative source and will breathe life into that era for both children and adults.”
Paula Gingery—former elementary school librarian
“How good it is to find historical fiction that is rich, detailed, and warm. Children of the Mission features characters we come to care about with problems the reader hopes will be resolved.”
Kathy Bauer—educator and children’s literature specialist