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They're Off!: The Story of the Pony Express

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In 1860, with North and South about to be divided by war, East and West were united through an extraordinary venture -- the Pony Express. Over the course of ten days in April, eighty riders and five hundred horses delivered mail between California and Missouri -- a mission that took three weeks by stagecoach.
Although it existed for only a year and a half, the Pony Expres
Paperback, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 1996)
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Laura Verret
Mar 24, 2014 Laura Verret rated it really liked it
Nothing so fully expresses the quintessential American spirit – nothing ventured, nothing gained (and why not have an adventure while you’re at it?) – like the Pony Express. Conceived by three men, the Pony Express served thousands and conveyed political, historical, and family news between the two ends of our growing nation at a crucial moment in America’s history. Not only was it practical – it was adventurous. Not only did it make separated families feel closer together – it provided an oppor ...more
Shellys♥ Journal
I love Harness's books on American History. This time, we take a trip on the Pony Express. The book does a great job of explaining the historic route and what it all involved. The illustrations are detailed and older children will have fun studying them more closely. The story is fast paced and exciting - further enhanced by the lively drawings. While describing the hardship, she keeps it real, but at a level that won't scare young listeners And we learn that Buffalo Bill Cody was one of these s ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I find it interesting that the Pony Express lasted just a year and a half, and yet left such a lasting impression on the American psyche that we remember it today. In this book Harness describes the circumstances that led up to the establishment of this service, and how it was formed. She describes in detail the first deliveries from west to east and east to west by the Pony Express, and at the end provides a list of all the men who served as Pony Express riders. She also notes that the last sur ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Jori rated it it was amazing
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Reading this for my In2books epal. For not having any interest in the pony express, this author wrote this interestingly enough and fast enough to keep me interested in the topic. Even though I still do not care to know about the Pony Express, I now know a lot more of it than what I did previous (which was zero).

The artwork in this book will keep the kids who are reading this interested.

The author does not hide the facts, and does not sugarcoat the pony expess. She gives facts fast, like the p
Feb 17, 2010 Shannon rated it it was ok
I read this with my In2Books epal. It was a pretty good story with a lot of facts crammed in. I didn't realize that the pony express was so violent.
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