Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3)

Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3)

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by Eleanor Coerr, Don Bolognese
     
 

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In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers—they could read the story comfortably and not feel overwhelmed by the text. Following suit came such

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In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers—they could read the story comfortably and not feel overwhelmed by the text. Following suit came such classics as Peggy Parish's Amelia Bedelia series, Lillian Hoban's books about Arthur the monkey, and Syd Hoff's popular Danny and the Dinosaur. Many books in this series are special in the depth of emotion evoked - Little Bear, the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, and Daniel’s Duck by Clyde Bulla, to name a few - and all are enjoyed by children of all ages. Grade 2 - Grade 4.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Fast paced adventure told in a style that will keep kids turning the pages. Bill Cody served as a Pony Express rider at the tender age of fifteen, but he was brave and clever, outwitting Indians, wolves and outlaws. They are bright and bold and enhance the story. Unfortunately, there is an apparent error in the episode titled "The Chase" which has Cody traveling seventy-five additional miles when a sick rider can't take up the mail, but ending up in the same place he started. 1996 (orig.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3This easy reader relates the adventures of 16-year-old Bill Cody as he goes to work for the Pony Express. He is chased by thieves, caught in terrible weather, and stalked by wolves, none of which are mentioned in his letters home. The story is fast paced, exciting, and filled with terrific illustrations. Bolognese's use of heavy black outlined figures, often surrounded only by a large expanse of white page, is very effective. Unfortunately, a serious error appears. Bill travels from Red Buttes to Three Crossings station. When he arrives, he's told that a rider is sick and he needs to ride an additional 75-mile stretch. The text then states that, ``Seven hours later, Bill made it to Three Crossings.'' Readers are bound to be perplexed by this statement and will be shuffling back through the pages to see what they missed. Too bad.Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
Stephanie Zvirin
Lots of pictures in warm tones, generous leading, and a page layout that allows usually no more than seven words on a line will encourage kids ready for beginning chapter books to give this Old West yarn a try. Of course, the adventures of 15-year-old Billy (based on legends associated with Buffalo Bill) will be the real draw, especially for boys. The characters are definitely stereotyped in both text and artwork, but there's plenty of adventure as Billy outrides Indians who want to steal his pony, scares off a pack of vicious wolves, and outsmarts the local bad guy, Terrible Tod.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606091152
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Series:
I Can Read Book 3 Series
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Eleanor Coerr is the author of many books for young readers, including The Big Baloon Race, a Reading Rainbow book, Chang's Paper Pony, and The Josefina Story Quilt, a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.

Don Bolognese is the illustrator of many popular books of historical fiction, including the I Can Read Books Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express by Eleanor Coerr and Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner. He lives in New York City and Vermont.

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Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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I enjoyed everything of this book! That is very very good book!!