Focusing on the bold and courageous explorers and determined settlers who extended the frontier to the western coastline, author Sherry Garland narrates in the voices of figures from history. She personalizes the adventures of Sacagawea, Jedediah Smith, George Catlin, and Annie Oakley. She furthers the timeline with characters representing whole populations, including a girl traveling west in a prairie schooner, a Santa Fe merchant, a gold prospector, a Pony Express rider, a Chinese railroad worker, a young boy barreling across the Great Plains in a steam locomotive, and a vaquero. Talented artist Julie Dupré Buckner carefully researched the historical details for her evocative illustrations. Each image furthers the storyline and reinforces the emotional connection to the chronicle. Together, the narrative and the art tell the tale of ancestors who created the foundation of the American nation.
About the Author
Sherry Garland has written more than thirty books and won more than forty awards, including an ALA Notable recognition and a Reading Rainbow book selection. She is a frequent presenter at conferences and schools across the country, particularly in her home state of Texas. Garland created the Voices Series to provide personal narratives of pivotal moments in America’s past. The series includes Voices of Pearl Harbor, Voices of the Dust Bowl, Voices of Gettysburg, and Voices of the Alamo. Her other titles include Best Horse on the Force, The Buffalo Soldier, and Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam, all available from Pelican. Garland is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in central Texas.
About the Illustrator
A member of the Portrait Society of America, Julie Dupré Buckner received a BFA from Louisiana Tech University. She also illustrated Pelican’s Army Camels: Texas Ships of the Desert, Jubilee!, Clovis Crawfish and Echo Gecko, Clovis Crawfish and Silvie Sulphur, and Clovis Crawfish and the Twin Sister. She lives in Plaquemine, Louisiana, and teaches an abstract expressionist painting class for beginners.
VOICES OF THE WESTERN FRONTIER
By Sherry Garland
Illustrated by Julie Dupré Buckner
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / State & Local
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / General
40 pp. 10 1/2 x 9 1/2
37 color illus. Glossary Biblio.
Ages 8+ Grades 3+