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Bronco Charlie and the Pony Express

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Children's Literature
The true story of Julius Miller, better known as Bronco Charlie, comes to life in this biographical story for children. As part of the "On My Own History" series, this story details the amazing life of Bronco Charlie and the pony express. The story begins in Sacramento, California, with a young boy who tries desperately to tame a wild horse. He succeeds, earning other cowboys' respect as well as his nickname, Bronco Charlie. When a Pony Express horse gallops into town without a rider, Charlie volunteers to deliver the mail. He was only eleven years old. The story of Charlie's first trip as a Pony Express rider will delight children and teachers alike. The action elements of the story will keep readers entertained, while teachers will enjoy the history interwoven within the tale. Orback's paintings bring the story to life, clearly illustrating Charlie's fear on that first harrowing night as a mail carrier. The book is completed by a short biography of the real Bronco Charlie. This story would be perfect for a classroom library, as an addition to a United States history unit, or as read aloud. 2004, Carolrhoda Books, Ages 4 to 8.
—Christine Amyot
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In an easy-to-read format, Brill tells the story of Julius Miller, aka Bronco Charlie, and how he came to be the youngest rider on the Pony Express. Beginning readers will be fascinated with the tale of this 11-year-old who fearlessly carried the mail through the mountains and forests, in the rain and in the darkness. With dialogue and events taken from Charlie's own stories, the book is an exciting bit of history that is fun to read. Realistic oil paintings depict wolves and shadows, showing the hazards of the adventure.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575056180
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: On My Own History Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 334,691
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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