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The Tragic Tale of Narcissa Whitman and a Faithful History of the Oregon Trail
When she was a young girl, Narcissa loved nothing better than to read heroic tales about brave men and women risking their lives to bring Christian ideas to "barbarians" in far-off places. In 1831, her dream of doing the same was about to come true. That's when some Indians arrived in St. Louis, Missouri, looking for the "White Man's Book of Heaven." Their quest was the ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 10th 2006 by National Geographic Children's Books
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The Tragic Tale of Narcissa Whitman and a Faithful History of the Oregon Trail by author Cheryl Harness is a non-fiction young adult novel. I did not find that it had won any awards but it was published my national geographic. I am wondering if they try to purposely bore young people with non-fiction to keep them uninterested in serious topics and therefore uneducated. The only reason I finished the book is because I had to. The review made it seem like an exciting story about a young girl’s ...more
This is an interesting, spunky, third-person review of the Oregon trail adventures of Narcissa Whitman, who was one of 2 women in her party to be the first female to cross the Oregon trail. This book is written for middle readers, but younger kids could understand it perfectly (could be read to them if it is above their reading level). I especially liked the fun and well-done pencil illustrations of the trail, its geographical features along the way, supplies, etc. I thought the most interesting ...more
I like how Cheryl Harness put a timeline at the bottom of the pages of important events going on during the time of Narcissa Whitman. The story was concise and written at a great level for younger kids. It was not an in depth report, but a quick overview of Narcissa's life. There was a couple of pages in the back for more information. I look forward to others in this series.
This is a excellent biography if you are looking for historical writing that incorporates primary documents-- entries from Narcissa Whitman's letters. The only thing that could enhance this book is more of a look at the Cayuse Indians who killed Dr. and Mrs. Whitman. The Cayuse felt that the Doctor was poisoning them He could heal the pioneers, but his medicine didn't work on the Natives.
very disjointed telling of the tale. I thought it would be more in narrative story format as a JUV book. It skipped around and the time line along the bottom of every page added more confusion, instead of helping. read for summer reading program