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Davy Crockett: A Life on the Frontier

Davy Crockett: A Life on the Frontier

Stephen Krensky
Illustrator:  Debra Bandelin , Bob Dacey 
For ages 6 to 8
Simon and Schuster, 2004   ISBN: 978-0689859441

Davy Crockett was the kind of boy who knew what he wanted and who did what had to be done to get it. When his father insisted that Davy had to go to school, Davy ran away. Being a tall and strong fifteen year old Davy soon found work on a farm. He learned how to shoot very well but he also learned from a local schoolteacher that learning to read and write is very important.

Davy went on to become an excellent hunter and then, deciding that he wanted to "settle down" he got married. It was a difficult time on the frontier because the Indians who had been pushed off their land began to fight back. Davy became one of the men who joined the army to fight against these desperate Indian tribes. After the Indian Wars were over Davy went home to begin a comfortable and successful career in public service. This did not mean that Davy put aside his taste for adventure and exploration however. His last and probably most famous exploit lay ahead of him in the lands of Texas.

This "Ready-to-Read" chapter book will delight children who dream of exploring the frontier wearing a coonskin cap and buckskin clothes. This book is one of titles in the "Stories of Famous Americans" series.