Title: The Story of the Pony ExpressThe Story of the Pony Express
Author: R. Conrad Stein
Illustrator: Len W. Meents
Pages: 31
Recommended Ages: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★★

In the year 1860, letters often took months to travel from the west coast to the more settled regions of America. By the time they reached their destination, the news they contained was old – interesting, perhaps, but hardly helpful in case of an emergency. With the increasing likelihood of a war looming, William Hepburn Russell knew that the timely delivery of mail would be an asset – a necessity, even. So, he created the Pony Express.

Eighty young men – all weighing 130 lbs or less – were selected as riders. These young men knew they would be in great danger, knew they would often be attacked by Indians, knew that their employers could offer them no protection; but they also knew that they would be regarded as heroes and that they would not be bored.

The Pony Express only lasted a year and a half before it was replaced by a transcontinental telegraph. But during that time, it delivered more than 30,000 pieces of mail and met a vital need of our country.

Discussion.

Many interesting stories are related of the bravery, not only of the riders, but also of their mounts.

Johnny Frey’s girlfriend is mentioned in relation to the legend of how doughnuts were created.

Conclusion. Excellent. Frontier and adventure-minded children will love it!

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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