Prairie Peter Pan: The Story of Mary White of Kansas

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In her brief life, Mary White's spunk and spirit left their mark on her hometown. After she died in a riding accident, her father poured his heart and his renowned storytelling skills into a loving essay that left its mark on American literature. William Allen White was a small-town newspaper editor with a national reputation as an author. Because of the compelling and often reprinted article he wrote about his daughter s life and untimely death, Mary White like Peter Pan has stayed forever young and alive. Using...

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In her brief life, Mary White's spunk and spirit left their mark on her hometown. After she died in a riding accident, her father poured his heart and his renowned storytelling skills into a loving essay that left its mark on American literature. William Allen White was a small-town newspaper editor with a national reputation as an author. Because of the compelling and often reprinted article he wrote about his daughter s life and untimely death, Mary White like Peter Pan has stayed forever young and alive. Using White s essay as a framework, author Beverley Buller tells about the life of Mary White in A Prairie Peter Pan: The Story of Mary White.. Buller is also author of a book about White's life, From Emporia: The Story of William Allen White, published in 2007.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781935362739
  • Publisher: Kansas City Star Books
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,386,302
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2010

    An Exuberant Girl from Kansas...Mary White

    Had Mary White not died from a head injury while on horseback in 1921, she would have left a mark on America. Dead at 16, Mary White would never grow up but would become immortalized in the joyous, compelling and moving editorial eulogy written by her renowned father, William Allen White, the Sage of Emporia, Kansas. Mr. White's "Mary White" leaves a mark on the heart.

    White's 1921 "Mary White" editorial was embraced instantly by the reading public and was reprinted in the nations newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and school textbooks across the US and beyond for the next 20 plus years. The editorial was the most widely published piece of writing Mary's prolific father ever wrote and very well could be the most widely published single profile on any Kansan or American, for that matter.

    The editorial inspired a 1977 ABC Movie of the Week 56 years after her death. In 2010, it inspired Beverley Olson Buller to bring the life and times of this exuberant Kansas girl to a whole new generation of young readers. Buller's storytelling is geared for the 3rd to 5th grade reader and is wonderfully researched and written. The book is designed beautifully and is lavishly illustrated with vintage images and archival material central to Mary's life and story. The editorial words of her loving father are a part of Buller's book and became a framework for the biography.

    Beverley Buller's 2007 first book, "From Emporia: The Story of William Allen White," is a classy youth biography about Mary White's father, well written, illustrated and designed for an older reader. "A Prairie Peter Pan: The Story of Mary White" transcends regional boundaries. Mary's is a life story that reverberated across America in the first half of the twentieth century. It echoes back now in the first half of the twenty-first century in this marvelous book to inspire another generation of young readers. The story of Mary White stays forever young like a prairie Peter Pan.

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