Daniel Boone: Trailblazer

Daniel Boone: Trailblazer

by Nancy Allen, Joan Waites
     
 

Born in Pennsylvania in 1734, Daniel Boone cut a path west, carving his name into trees. Although he endured repeated property losses, he became a household name and was greatly admired for his surveying skills and the many claims he laid, opening the west for further settlement.

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Born in Pennsylvania in 1734, Daniel Boone cut a path west, carving his name into trees. Although he endured repeated property losses, he became a household name and was greatly admired for his surveying skills and the many claims he laid, opening the west for further settlement.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589802124
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/31/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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.

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.

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