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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
One Tin Cup by Bonnie Sinor is a wonderful story of believing in God, learning how to survive in the wilderness, family love, and friendship. One Tin Cup takes place in the mid 1800s when Matthew, Hannah, and their two children Darren and Kathleen leave their home in California and begin a journey by covered wagon to the Oregon Territory. All goes well until one day, as Matthew lies sick in the wagon and Hannah and the children are out picking berries, three young Indians come across the wagon and oxen. They steal the wagon loaded with provisions and bring it back to their reservation. When the Indians find Matthew is in the wagon, they tie him up and keep him as a prisoner for fear that if they let him go he will bring other white men to their camp.
Hannah, Darren, and Kat are devastated when they return with berries and find Matthew and the wagon gone. They quickly learn how hard it is to survive without anything but one tin cup. The cup becomes ever so important to them. It will be used to gather water from the river, pick berries and also for so many other tasks. The children pray to God and believe he is keeping them safe and watching over them, but Hannah is not so sure. And what has happened to matthew?
Bonnie Sinor has written One Tin Cup putting the reader alongside each of the characters. I felt as though I was pulling trees through the field, trying to fish in the stream, and sharing in the joys and troubles they faced every day. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to everyone. It is a perfect read for those who believe in God and those who don’t, and those who like adventure, love, pioneer tales, survival, and Indians all combined in a well-written story.