Bulls-Eye: A Photobiography Of Annie Oakley

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At last, National Geographic's award-winning photobiography of Annie Oakley bursts into paperback. This stirring story of an enduring American heroine has won widespread acclaim and was named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.

Annie's amazing life comes sharply into focus in a compelling narrative, period photography, and in her own words. Two historical maps and a chronology ground the legend in time and place.

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Overview

At last, National Geographic's award-winning photobiography of Annie Oakley bursts into paperback. This stirring story of an enduring American heroine has won widespread acclaim and was named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.

Annie's amazing life comes sharply into focus in a compelling narrative, period photography, and in her own words. Two historical maps and a chronology ground the legend in time and place.

Readers ride through a life filled with adventure. Annie grows up in the backwoods of Ohio, hunting game to feed her family. Discovered by Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, she wows crowds with target shooting and daring horse riding.

Annie's hardships are examined too, as is her inspirational status as a role model for women.

Awards include:

  • American Library Association Notable Book
  • Best Book of the Year—School Library Journal
  • Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Macy draws liberally from Oakley's own writings as well as reports from the times to detail the exciting life of this strong woman who has become an American myth. We follow her from her difficult childhood, when she learned to shoot to help feed her family after the death of her father, through to her triumph and fame in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, her marriage, and her retirement. Her achievements were truly remarkable for her time. The photographs, printed with brown ink, many full page, add visually to our understanding. While most portray Annie in action, some offer scenes of cities or other people who played significant roles. The jacket, with an arresting photograph of Annie on the front, covers a handsome cover of cloth and "leather" with a bull's eye in the center. There is an author's note about her research and a list of resources. 2001, National Geographic Society, $17.95. Ages 10 to 16. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
VOYA
The author, a grand-niece of her subject, hopes that this book will educate a new generation about the real life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley, so often fictionalized in movies, on television, and in comic books. Born in the backwoods of Ohio, not out West, she was destined to escape a sometimes-brutal childhood and discover her talent for handling a gun while still in her teens. In short order, Oakley progressed from providing small game for the dinner table and area restaurants to performing amazing shooting tricks for worldwide audiences. Through fascinating memorabilia and family photographs, the book reconstructs her childhood years, a roller coaster career with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, her loving marriage to sharpshooter Frank Butler, her successful silent film appearances, and sadly, her infirm later years. The author discredits popular depictions of Annie as a coarse, bawdy frontierswoman, demonstrating instead her Quaker upbringing, lifelong philanthropy (particularly toward orphanages), and her natural grace and humility before European royalty or while befriending Chief Sitting Bull. Written at a juvenile level, the book separates myth from reality and provides a quality, entertaining glimpse into the remarkable deeds of a true American icon and female role model who was a household name throughout the twentieth century. Index. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes. Chronology. VOYA CODES: (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2001, National Geographic Society, 64p,
— Kevin Beach
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This book is exemplary nonfiction: well documented, lots of period photos with credits, a resource list, and a chronology. Equally important is its engaging and well-crafted account of this famous woman of the West. Some of the facts of Phoebe Ann Moses Butler's life before she became "Annie Oakley" are less well known: her family was Quaker, but extreme poverty led her to use a gun for hunting; she spent two years as a child laborer for an abusive farmer; and she was a strong advocate for women learning to use firearms, offering to train a women's home-front protection division during World War I. Macy has drawn on family members' stories as well as Oakley's unpublished autobiography in this writing. Bull's-Eye is for a younger audience than Jean Flynn's excellent Annie Oakley (Enslow, 1998) and would be a good replacement for Robert Quackenbush's Who's That Girl with the Gun? (Prentice-Hall, 1988; o.p.).-Nancy Collins-Warner, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792270089
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: Photobiographies Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 716,369
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.49 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Macy is the author of Freeze Frame and Swifter, Higher, Stronger, which received starred review from School Library Journal and Booklist. She lives in Englewood, NJ.

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