Mary on Horseback: Three Mountain Stories

Mary on Horseback: Three Mountain Stories


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In 1923, there were no doctors or hospitals in the isolated mountains of Appalachia. Then Mary Breckinridge came. Trained as a nurse, she made the Appalachians her life's work-fording icy streams and climbing untracked mountains to bring medical help to those in need. These three stories, told in simple, luminous prose, bring to life the birth of the Frontier Nursing Service, which still operates in Kentucky. Mary On Horseback shows yet another side of Rosemary Wells-one of today's most versatile authors.

"These beautifully written stories will remain with the reader long after the book is closed." - Booklist, starred review

"A compelling little book that might well cause some children of this overabundant age to consider their blessings...." -The Horn Book, starred review


( Winner of the Christopher Award
( A Horn Book Fanfare Book
( A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
( A Smithsonian Notable Book for Children

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670889235
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 09/28/1999
Pages: 56
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Rosemary Wells ( is the author and illustrator of dozens of books for children, including the Max and Ruby titles.

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Mary on Horseback: Three Mountain Stories 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
lweddle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three VERY short stories about Mary Breckinridge and the Frontier Nursing Service she started in 1923. What she did is amazing and wonderful, very inspiring, and a story that I was not at all familiar with. I heartily recommend it to any young readers. I am curious to read Mary Breckinridge's autobiography, Wide Neighborhoods, which had sparked Rosmary Wells to write this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi! This is an excellent book for any teacher teaching about Kentucky or the History of Medicine. I did this as a whole group reading activity and supplemented (like with Alphaboxes). The kids were very fascinated and learned lots about the way Appalachian Mountain folk lived and how Mary Breckinridge helped change lives forever. Many character building opportunities are in this text. It took us 6 days as a class to read this. Jenny - Teacher in Kentucky
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rosemary Wells has taken 3 true stories from the Frontier Nursing Service and has written them from the unique point of view of the children involved. Her writing is lovely and insightful. She utilizes colloquialisms and manners of speech in such a way that enhances the stories and is not insulting or detracting. The mountain people are represented acurately and with respect. Many thanks to Ms. Wells for her lovely treatment and retelling of these stories -- Megan Griffith, Certified Nurse Midwife, Graduate of the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Native Kentukian.