Title: Daniel BooneDaniel Boone
Author: Roy Nemerson
Illustrator: Pablo Marcos
Pages: 239
Reading Level: 8-10
Star Rating: ★★★

I don’t know why, but for some reason I have it fixed in my mind that Daniel Boone lived during the 1800s instead of the 1700s. Maybe it’s because I think of him and Davy Crockett as colleagues?

His Life.

Daniel Boone was born on November 2, 1734 in a small Pennsylvanian town to Squire and Sarah Boone. From his earliest moments Daniel was accustomed to hunting, exploring, and blazing new trails. As he got older, his shot with the rifle improved and he was able to make a considerable amount of money selling furs harvested off of the animals he killed. Daniel began to go on long hunting trips into the western frontier, amassing pelts and making friends with the Native Americans.

It wasn’t long before others recognized his prowess as a woodsman and he was called upon to act as a scout and guide for settlers heading for Kentucky. He even helped to found a settlement which was named Boonesborough in his honor, where he later moved his whole family.

Daniel continued exploring almost to his dying day. In his last few months he was no longer able to bring in the game for his family, but he insisted on cooking it himself. His thirst for adventure was never quenched – he died a recognized man.

Discussion.

While Daniel is a brave, adventuresome, and determined man, Daniel Boone has left me uncertain of his true character. Early on in the story, after he has just finished his first extended hunt, he proclaims that there’s “only one thing money is good for – spending!” and proceeds to blow all of the money he spent months earning. Later, it is said that “[Daniel] knew that survival sometimes meant doing a small wrong for a longer good.” [pg. 197] Also, Daniel often left his wife for years at a time to do his exploring, leaving her to raise their kids and provide for them.

The illustrations are very exaggerated in style – rather super hero-ish, actually.

‘Lord’ is used as an exclamation five times.

Conclusion. Not as good as George Washington, but still interesting for kids.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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