Adventures in the West: Stories for Young Readers (Bison by Susanne George Bloomfield

By Susanne George Bloomfield

Before MP3 gamers, DVDs, and games, ahead of even television and radio, American kids entertained themselves by way of analyzing. frequently what they learn have been renowned magazines aimed toward the full family members; a weekly newspaper reminiscent of The Youth’s Companion or a per month journal like St. Nicholas have been approximately all a turn-of-the-century relations may perhaps have the funds for. yet what those courses afforded used to be valuable, and it's this schooling in mind's eye and American lifestyles that Adventures within the West revisits.
 
Adventures within the West brings jointly twenty-six tales from The Youth’s Companion and St. Nicholas to supply a different standpoint at the values of the time. The tales additionally display the typical myths, attitudes, and prejudices of existence at the western frontier, mirrored within the classes those guides imparted to a tender viewers. to augment the reader’s knowing, the editors have further ancient and cultural history for every tale. the very best writers of the time, together with L. Frank Baum, Hamlin Garland, and Mary Austin, write of a West that mirrors American heritage and the values the authors sought to advertise. packed with the exploits of cowpunchers, pioneers, brave Indians, and plucky animals, those riveting tales additionally embrace the ideals and stories of an period and inform a couple of tale in their day.

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Sister Anne’s face grew sorrowful. She recalled easily enough times when her father had said with bitter emphasis that it was a fool’s errand to try to farm this bit of Colorado desert. “No, father’s said more than once that he wished we’d never come,” she said, mournfully. “You see,” said the cowboy, nodding, “you can’t make a go of it, homesteading a farm out here on the plains. The truth is, this country was meant for grazing, and that’s all it’s good for. A man can’t take up any more land for a homestead here than he can back east, where the land is naturally productive.

By the flare of the lightning she caught glimpses of McCoy’s herd. She saw that the cattle were restless, and that they were gathering in bunches to meet the terrors of the coming storm. She knew that little additional excitement would be necessary to stampede them. Behind her she heard the roar of the oncoming storm and felt the cool bursts of wind lift the strands of her loose hair. Swinging her heavy herd whip, she brought it down, now right, now left, among the cattle that she had turned out of the alfalfa pasture.

Interest has escalated in recent years as historians, anthropologists, and literary scholars attempt to uncover the particular mythologies of individual regions and tribes. To the people who first told them, these legends were more than mere tales invented to explain natural phenomena; they were an integral part of Native tradition. They communicated a kinship with the past and an understanding of the peoples’ relationship to their environment. It is a testament to their evocative power that so many legends still exist, despite the lack of a pervasive writing system.

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