Parents' Guide to

Wild West

By Megan McDonald, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Easy-to-read portrait of the Old West.

Book Mike Stotter History 1997
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This is a browser-friendly portrait of the Old West that the author hopes will dispel misunderstandings about the era. The history behind such fascinating real-life characters of the Old West as Crazy Horse and Geronimo, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok, and Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill is described here in short, easy-to-read overviews, each introducing a chapter of the American West. The author skillfully sets these familiar figures in the larger context of historical events.

The author briefly outlines the impact of events and people, as well as describing daily life on a ranch, a trail, a mining town, and a prairie. Short captions (with an occasional typo) under bold headings reveal details such as collecting buffalo dung for fuel, outfitting a Conestoga wagon, and building a sod house. Each page spread is well designed, offering plenty of information in visual form.

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