Wanted, A Few Bold Riders: A Story of the Pony Express - a Smithsonian Odyssey Adventure Book (with audio cassette tape)

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9781592492114: Wanted, A Few Bold Riders: A Story of the Pony Express - a Smithsonian Odyssey Adventure Book (with audio cassette tape)

When Kevin visits the Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum, he is drawn in by the video featuring "Boston" Upson, one of the riders of the Pony Express. Kevin turns away from the screen to realize he has suddenly become Upson, waiting for the mail outside the station! Kevin plays the part of Upson, witnessing important history as experienced by the daring Pony Express riders. This 32-page, beautifully illustrated book comes with additional information about the Pony Express, a glossary of key terms and easy-to-download read-along narration to extend the learning fun! Also included is an audio cassette tape for listening fun!
Book Features:
- Large, colorful illustrations on every page
- An interesting story with historical facts
- 32 pages, including glossary
- Appropriate for Reading Level: Grades 2-4
- Appropriate for Interest Level: 6-12 years
- Paperback dimensions: 8 x 10 inches
- Cassette Tape

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About the Author:

Darice Bailer grew up in Rochester, New York with seven siblings and dreamed of becoming a writer. Today, she has written over 3 books for children. Her first book for Soundprints, Puffin's Homecoming: The Story of an Atlantic Puffin, received a 1993 Parent's Choice Award. Also a journalist for many years, she was a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Hartford Courant. She currently helps students and teachers at Old Greenwich School in Connecticut.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 2-5?When Kevin hears a man saying, "Ready to leave Friday's Station? It's time to saddle up and head out!," he stands in utter amazement for he had just been viewing a video about the Pony Express at the National Postal Museum, and now he is suddenly a part of the action. Not only has Kevin become a Pony Express Rider, but he has become the bravest of all the Riders?Warren Upson, better known as Boston. His mission is to take the sad news to Sacramento that the Civil War had begun. His duties are extraordinary?to race the telegraph wires and to endure blizzards, floods, wolves, exhaustion and hunger. Rider and pony formed a courageous team that rode 1966 miles in a relay action from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. Although the existence of the Pony Express was a brief 18 months, its contribution to American history was significant. It ushered in the transcontinental telegraph and the transcontinental railroad. The recorded narrative dramatically intensifies the adventure and the excitement associated with the Pony Express. Listeners identify readily with the characters of the story and become involved in the action-filled plot. Appropriate sound effects complement the text to produce an effective audio package. Young students will benefit from this meaningful glimpse into American history. They will gain a better appreciation for the development of the nation, and will be stimulated to discuss related issues: personal character, commitment, courage, determination. Elementary school teachers and librarians will discover many curriculum-based activities in this exemplary program.?Patricia Mahoney Brown, Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore,
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