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Daniel Boone Taming the Wilds   By: (1904-)

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Daniel Boone Taming the Wilds by Katharine Elliott Wilkie is a captivating historical account of one of America's most iconic figures. Wilkie skillfully narrates the life of Daniel Boone, offering readers an intimate exploration of his adventures and contributions to the exploration and settlement of the American frontier.

The book provides a well-researched and thorough account of Boone's life, from his early years in Pennsylvania to his legendary exploits in Kentucky and beyond. Wilkie's attention to detail is commendable, as she delves into the challenges and dangers Boone encountered while taming the wild wilderness. Her vivid descriptions transport readers to the turbulent times of the American Revolution and the early days of westward expansion.

What makes this book truly exceptional is Wilkie's portrayal of Boone as a multidimensional character. By delving into his personal life, relationships, and struggles, she humanizes him, offering a more comprehensive understanding of his motivations and the impact of his actions. The author effectively explores the intricate relationship between Boone and the Native American tribes, providing a nuanced perspective on the complexities of the era.

Wilkie's writing style is engaging and accessible, making the book a compelling read for both history enthusiasts and casual readers. She expertly weaves together historical facts, personal anecdotes, and contextual information, creating a seamless narrative that seamlessly incorporates primary and secondary sources.

Another commendable aspect of this book is its inclusion of a vast array of illustrations, maps, and photographs. These visual aids not only enhance the reading experience but also help readers visualize the landscapes Boone encountered and the people he interacted with. It is a testament to the author's dedication to providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of Boone's world.

However, it is worth noting that at times the book seems to focus heavily on Boone's heroic deeds rather than delving deeper into the broader historical context. While the author does touch on the impact of westward expansion and Native American displacement, these aspects could have been further explored to provide a more balanced perspective.

Overall, Daniel Boone Taming the Wilds is an engaging and informative read. Wilkie's meticulous research and ability to bring history to life make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the early American frontier. It is a fitting tribute to Daniel Boone, shedding light on his remarkable legacy and his role in shaping American history.

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Daniel Boone


by Katharine E. Wilkie


Published by Scholastic Book Services, a division of Scholastic Magazines, Inc., New York, N.Y.

Transcriber's Note: Extensive research did not reveal any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

DANIEL BOONE: TAMING THE WILDS is one of the books in the Discovery Series published by The Garrard Publishing Company, Champaign, Illinois. Other Discovery Books available in hardcover editions from The Garrard Publishing Company are:

Clara Barton Alexander Graham Bell Buffalo Bill Daniel Boone Luther Burbank Richard E. Byrd Kit Carson George Washington Carver Henry Clay Stephen Decatur Amelia Earhart Thomas Alva Edison Benjamin Franklin Ulysses S. Grant Henry Hudson Andrew Jackson Thomas Jefferson John Paul Jones Francis Scott Key Lafayette Robert E. Lee Leif the Lucky Abraham Lincoln Francis Marion Samuel F. B. Morse Florence Nightingale Annie Oakley Robert E. Peary William Penn Paul Revere Theodore Roosevelt Booker T. Washington George Washington Eli Whitney Wright Brothers

Copyright © 1960 by Katherine E. Wilkie. Copyright © 1961 by Scholastic Magazines, Inc. This Scholastic Book Services edition is published by arrangement with The Garrard Publishing Company... Continue reading book >>

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