Daniel Boone: Trailblazer

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"A roar of thunder was plain as day. As he spied the blue sky, his mind filled with wonderment. Then he saw the approaching storm. A herd of buffalo stampeded across a far-flung, Kentucky grassland."

Daniel Boone was an adventuresome lad who longed for "elbowroom" throughout his life. In 1775 he was hired to blaze a trail to Kentucky, which became known as the Wilderness Road. He slept in caves, hunted wild game, built forts, and became famous as a great surveyor. By 1781, he was one of the richest men in ...

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Overview

"A roar of thunder was plain as day. As he spied the blue sky, his mind filled with wonderment. Then he saw the approaching storm. A herd of buffalo stampeded across a far-flung, Kentucky grassland."

Daniel Boone was an adventuresome lad who longed for "elbowroom" throughout his life. In 1775 he was hired to blaze a trail to Kentucky, which became known as the Wilderness Road. He slept in caves, hunted wild game, built forts, and became famous as a great surveyor. By 1781, he was one of the richest men in Kentucky, claiming one hundred thousand acres of land.

Although bad luck eventually caught up with Boone, his life was overall an exciting and successful one, demonstrating American ideals of freedom, hard work, and independence. His persistence and original spirit make this a riveting read about one of America's best-loved and well-known pioneers.

Author Nancy Kelly Allen lives with her husband in Hazard, Kentucky, in the same log house in which she grew up. A former elementary-school librarian, she holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Kentucky and has written several children's books.

Illustrator Joan C. Waites has illustrated over thirty-five books for the educational and trade marketplace, including two previous books for Pelican: Moon's Cloud Blanket and The Waving Girl. Joan lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband and their three children.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This disappointing picture-book biography features lackluster illustrations and awkward, colloquial language. From the first page, where readers learn that it "pleasured" Daniel's parents that he was a boy, to the child who "purely loved to read," to his wanderlust, which "began to fester like a boil," children will be baffled. Only the detail that he could "shoot a tick off a wildcat's nose from one hundred yards" and the spread depicting his survival tactics in the cold outdoors are at all indicative of Boone's folk-hero stature. Also, Allen belabors the woodsman's repeated lost land claims, depicting him as either inept or mistreated. While the author refers to young Daniel's "tracking and hunting-with his Indian friends," there is no mention of the many battles he later led against Indians whose raids were responsible for the deaths of his brother and two of his sons. In addition, aside from a brief mention of the French and Indian War, there is no indication that Boone lived through the Revolution. In fact, a vague reference to Abraham Lincoln's family following him westward may confuse children as our 16th president wasn't even born at the time; it was actually Lincoln's grandparents who made the move. The watercolor illustrations are primarily full spreads depicting the subject at different stages of his life. The people and scenes appear static, failing to convey any sense of the excitement or adventure associated with the subject.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589802124
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 831,106
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan C. Waites has illustrated numerous Pelican titles, including Daniel Boone: Trailblazer, The Waving Girl, and Moon's Cloud Blanket, which was an IRA/CBC Children's Choice Program 2004 Selection. She has also been awarded the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award (2001) and the Educational Press Award from Hopscotch magazine for her illustrations, and has been featured in Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. She lives and works in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Nancy Kelly Allen, a former teacher and librarian, fell in love with children's books as a graduate student. The author of Pelican's "Happy Birthday": The Story of the World's Most Popular Song and Daniel Boone: Trailblazer, Allen is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Appalachian Authors Guild, Writers of the North Fork, and Art of the Mountains. She resides with her husband, Larry, and two assistant writers, miniature schnauzers Jazi and Roxi, in Hazard, Kentucky.

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