Mary On Horseback: Three Mountain Stories

Mary On Horseback: Three Mountain Stories


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Mary On Horseback: Three Mountain Stories by Rosemary Wells, Peter McCarty

Master storyteller Rosemary Wells tells the incredible true story of a World War I nurse who brought medical care to the Appalachians

Mary Breckinridge, trained as a nurse during World War I, rode on horseback into the isolated mountains of Appalachia and never looked back. Instead, she spent her life fording icy streams and climbing untracked mountains to bring medical help to those in need. More nurses on horseback joined Mary . . . and the Frontier Nursing Service was born. Mary’s story is amazing. And it is true.

“Wells’s realistic yet poetic prose perfectly captures the dichotomy of the majestic beauty of Appalachia and the harsh realities of mountain life. . . . This one’s a gem.”—School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141308159
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 297,175
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.22(d)
Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Rosemary Wells ( is the author of 120 books for children, including more than 40 about the beloved bunnies, Max and Ruby, who star in their own television show on Nick, Jr. She travels all over the country as a tireless advocate for literacy. Wells was born in New Jersey to a playwright father and ballet dancer mother who encouraged her artistic bent. She worked as an art director and designer before illustrating her first book. She is the mother of two grown daughters, Victoria and Marguerite, and grandmother to four girls.

Table of Contents

Kentucky 1923
Mountain Medicine
Ireland of Scotland
How Many Stars in My Crown?
Mary Brecknridge
Acknowledgments 55

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