post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Daniel Boone
Author: Tom Streissguth
Series: On My Own Biography
Major Themes: Daniel Boone, Easy Readers, Explorers, Frontier, Kentucky
Synopsis: This simple story introduces new readers to the life of the great explorer.
When we spent a week studying Daniel Boone’s life this month, I looked for several different children’s books about the great explorer. We like to read about historical topics from several points of view. This On Your Own Biography by Tom Streissguth mentions a lot of the stories that are told in great detail in another book we listened to, but this one leaves out the violence for the sake of young readers.
The first chapter describes how Daniel, as a boy, loved to be in the woods, and how he hunted and learned a lot of things from the Indians. The next chapter tells about the Boone family moving to North Carolina, and about Daniel marrying and raising a family. But soon, North Carolina was becoming too settled for the restless man. After hearing about the wonderful hunting in Kentucky, Daniel began exploring that land. He spent a few years hunting and trapping, often alone for months at a time, then moved his family there. The last chapter describes how Boone led a large group of people into Kentucky, where they founded the town of Boonesborough. There is an author’s note at the beginning of the book, and an afterword at the end which expand the historical value of this easy reader.
I have learned that many children want true stories rather than fantasy. This simply-told story will encourage new readers to practice reading. The simple, realistic line drawings enhance the text. All in all, Daniel Boone is a book I can highly recommend, both to go along with a history course, and for the practice that new readers need a lot of.