Alta Abernathy was born August 23, 1902 in Teague, Texas, to Irez and R.M. Senter. A splendid student throughout her school career, she attended Baylor University and majored in English. She married Temple Abernathy, and retold his story. Other published works She was married Temple Abernathy, and retold his story. Other published works: The Christmas Puppy, The Bird Convention, and Mr. Rabbit.
Bud & Me: The True Adventures of the Abernathy Boysby Alta Abernathy, Barbara Harris, William B. Rogers (Editor)
Bud & Me is one of the 20th Century's most exciting true stories of courage and adventure. The year is 1905. The new century is still in its infancy. Automobiles are little more than rich men's toys and many short-sighted people feel that everything that can be invented has been invented! In the early 1900's there are only 150 miles of paved road in the entire country. Fifty percent of Americans live and work on farms. Radios and refrigerators are still years away. Women are not allowed to vote yet and Teddy Roosevelt is in office. Against this background come two adventuresome boys, Temple and Bud Abernathy. Raised by their widowed father, "Catch-'em-Alive" Jack Abernathy, known as the man from Oklahoma who catches wolves with his hands . . . the boys, ages 5 and 9, set out on a series of daring rides across America. First, alone on horseback from Frederick, Oklahoma to Santé Fe, New Mexico and back. Then to New York City, alone on horseback to meet their friend "Teddy" and back to Oklahoma driving their own "Brush" automobile. Their longest ride and again alone and on horseback, takes place in 1911, when two New York promoters challenge the boys to ride from Coney Island to San Francisco in 60 days time. The boys are allowed only one change of horses and they cannot sleep or eat under roof during the entire trip or they forfeit the $10,0000 prize money! It is hard to comprehend how different the country is today from just 90 years ago! The story is captivating and an important piece of Americana and rare that it can be shared by an entire family!
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This is a wonderful true life adventure that all Americans should read and share with their children. Times are changing and the journeys these two young boys took must be preserved and perpetuated so that all will understand the opportunities that make a nation called America.
I bought this for one of my grandson's 9th birthday. He just happens to have a brother who is 5...the same ages as the brothers in this book. After he reads it and reports back to me, I'll let you know how he liked it.