Into the Western Winds: Pioneer Boys Traveling the Overland Trails

Into the Western Winds: Pioneer Boys Traveling the Overland Trails

by Mary Barmeyer O'Brien, Mary O'Brien
     
 

This book chronicles the overland journeys of nine pioneer boys who went west by covered wagon in the mid-1800s. Taken from their letters, diaries, and later memoirs, these remarkable stories describe what it was like to be hungry enough to eat woodpeckers, brave enough to winter alone in the snowbound Sierra Nevada, cold enough to huddle beneath a sister's

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This book chronicles the overland journeys of nine pioneer boys who went west by covered wagon in the mid-1800s. Taken from their letters, diaries, and later memoirs, these remarkable stories describe what it was like to be hungry enough to eat woodpeckers, brave enough to winter alone in the snowbound Sierra Nevada, cold enough to huddle beneath a sister's petticoat at night, and tough enough to push onward despite astounding odds. Trudging barefoot across hundreds of miles of harsh land, each of the boys selected for this collection found the resourcefulness to rise above the unusual circumstances of his overland journey. Whether traveling alone through the vast wilderness to bring food to his starving family like fourteen-year-old Octavius Pringle, struggling for days across Death Valley like six-year-old John Wells Brier, or boating the treacherous rapids of the Columbia River like young Jesse Applegate, each summoned the courage to help his family complete a remarkable trip west.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
What do Jesse A. Applegate, Moses Schallenberger, Henry and John Ferguson, Octavious Pringle, Welborn Beeson, Elisha Brooks, Brigham H. Roberts, Charles Frederick True, and John Wells Brier have in common? These are just a few of the young pioneer boys who found themselves traveling towards the West Coast in the mid-1800s. Their amazing tales of perseverance, heroism, struggles, and accomplishments are brought to life once again by Mary Barmeyer O'Brien. This is O'Brien's third book that accurately portrays the lives of pioneer travelers (previous books highlight the lives of ten pioneer girls and eight wagon train women). Her in-depth research includes journals, memoirs, oral histories, pictures, and reminiscences. O'Brien's writing style easily transports readers into the lives of the ten individual boys shared within the pages of this book. What a prize possession for anyone to read aloud or alone, no matter their age! KLIATT Codes: JSA*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Globe Pequot, 107p. illus. bibliog. index.,
— Jennifer Baldwin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762710201
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.39(d)

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From Woodpecker Soup for Supper: The Story of Henry and John Ferguson

It was pitch black when eleven-year-old Henry Ferguson opened his eyes. No moonlight silhouetted the dark forest that cold November night, and heavy clouds hid the stars. He strained his eyes in the utter darkness inside the covered wagon, and listened intently. Something was prowling around outside, but he couldn't tell what. Stiffening with fear, he nudged his thirteen-year-old brother, John, and together the terrified boys listened to the soft rustling and snuffling on the ground below. Henry wished desperately for his father's solid, sleeping bulk beside him or his mother's reassuring soft breathing, but they were gone. Here in this wild land of northern California, he and John were alone. They buried their heads under the quilts and lay shivering until the prowler moved off into the dark woods.
The next morning they found the tracks of a large grizzly around the wagon.

Meet the Author

Mary Barmeyer O'Brien wrote Toward the Setting Sun: Pioneer Girls Traveling the Overland Trails; Heart of the Trail: The Stories of Eight Wagon Train Women; Jeannette Rankin: Bright Star in the Big Sky, and many national magazine articles. She lives in Polson, Montana, with her husband Dan, two daughters, and son.

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