The Trailblazing Life of Daniel Boone and How Early Americans Took to the Road

The Trailblazing Life of Daniel Boone and How Early Americans Took to the Road

by Cheryl Harness
     
 

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Daniel Boone's story is every young adventurer's fantasy: A childhood in Pennsylvania spent hunting on lands shared with Native Americans; a coming-of-age fighting in the French and Indian War; and the fulfillment of a life's dream with the blazing of the Wilderness Road across the Appalachian Mountains and the settling of Boonesborough in Kentucky. Add to this

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Daniel Boone's story is every young adventurer's fantasy: A childhood in Pennsylvania spent hunting on lands shared with Native Americans; a coming-of-age fighting in the French and Indian War; and the fulfillment of a life's dream with the blazing of the Wilderness Road across the Appalachian Mountains and the settling of Boonesborough in Kentucky. Add to this the rescue of his daughter from Shawnee warriors, and readers are quickly in the thick of another irresistible Cheryl Harness History.

Once again, Cheryl Harness combines lively storytelling with vividly detailed illustrations to transport readers back to an exciting era in American history. During Daniel Boone's 86-year life, Colonial America is transformed into a revolutionary republic, trails morph into roads and highways, and Americans discover new ways to travel—by canal, and by steam-powered boats and trains. Readers journey through these formative milestones in America's great westward expansion with the aid of a time line running along each page, 200-plus illustrations, maps, sidebars, primary-source quotations, and resource lists. The amazing, true story of Daniel Boone will give readers insight into an era of explosive change and unforgettable adventure.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This interesting look at American history is one in a series of four books by the author. This edition traces American history around the life and times of Daniel Boone. Boone, a well-known pioneer and frontier fighter of American legend, is the protagonist but the author has wisely chosen to place Mr. Boone within the context of his times, as well as contributing to an ongoing timeline that places American history with the framework of world history. The approach makes good sense for anyone learning history, particularly for young people. The author also uses modern phrasing to tell the story as if she were telling it to the reader, in particular, rather than telling it in general. However, her habit of giving side comments on other subjects is sometimes confusing and distracting. Overall, however, the use of drawings to illustrate the period 1734-1820 and the informal, well-researched story will be appealing to young readers. There are plenty of maps that include not only geography but who controlled various areas, troop movements and interesting tidbits of information. A chronology of Boone's life, a list of resources for further study and an index are included. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8- Harness's panoramic approach to her subject is overwhelmed by too much background information and a lack of focus. The busy design includes full-page and spot pen-and-ink drawings and a running illustrated time line across the bottoms of most spreads. The spot art is tiny and requires close scrutiny and the hand-drawn maps are cluttered and difficult to read. The rambling text makes it challenging to follow Boone's life story. Discussions about the French and Indian Wars, the Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812 are complicated and it is difficult to discern what Boone's role was in these events. The last chapter, "On the Go," which covers modes of travel from the beginning of roads in America to present-day highways, seems an afterthought and not relevant to the rest of the text.-Kristen Oravec, Stephen S. Wise Elementary School, Los Angeles

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426301452
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
09/11/2007
Series:
Cheryl Harness Histories Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,157,764
Product dimensions:
7.63(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
NC1130L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Cheryl Harness is the author and/or illustrator of numerous children’s books, including seven picture book biographies for National Geographic. She has a natural talent for making history fun for kids, injecting the "wow" factor into the lives of America’ s historical heroes and heroines. A multi-award winning author and illustrator, she lives in her historic hometown of Independence MO. Visit Cheryl Harness at her Web site: www.cherylharness.com.

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