Item description for A Tale of the Western Plains by G. A. Henty & Alfred Pearse...
Overview G.A. Henty's specialty was combining history and fiction for children. In A Tale of the Western Plains the nineteenth century author crafts an exciting adventure story drawing on real life cowboy stories. "In treating cowboy life, " Henty tells us, " indeed, it may well be said that truth is stranger than fiction." The result: a can't put it down story that transports children back to the early days of the Wild West. Five hundred dollars reward. The above sum will be paid by James Campbell, attorney, San Francisco, to any one who will give him information as to the whereabouts of William Tunstall, who was last heard of four years ago in California. A simple ad in a Sacramento paper. A simple ad that changes Bill Tunstall's life and the life of his young nephew, Hugh. From California during the Gold Rush to the English countryside and its landed gentry and back to America's vast land of cowboys and Indians, Henty's riproaring story follows Hugh Tunstall's exploits from England to the American West. Hugh's exploits in America start in Texas where the lawlessness of the West rears its ugly head. Working on a cattle ranch, fighting Indians, chasing kidnappers all play a part in Hugh's escapades in the West. Includes a Build Your Vocabulary Glossary of some 430 words and definitions. Each word is cross referenced with its page numbers so children can easily go back and see how it is used in the story.
Henty has crafted a rousing adventure story drawing on real cowboy stories. "In treating cowboy life," he tells us," indeed, it may well be said that truth is stranger than fiction." The result: an exciting story that transports children back to the early days of the Wild West.
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Studio: Applewood Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 7.75" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2001
Publisher INTREPID GROUP?LOST CLASSICS
Grade Level Middle School
ISBN 1890623008 ISBN13 9781890623005
Availability 0 units.
More About G. A. Henty & Alfred Pearse
G. A. Henty (1832-1902) penned a series of immensely popular works of juvenile historical fiction. Many of his books center on a fictional character who interacts with famous people of the era.
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A Wonderful Tale Jan 27, 2004
When it seems that tales of the old west just keep on repeating themselves, this wonderful tale gives the American West a new light. G.A. Henty (the boy's historian) gives this tale a unique twist but yet keeps it within historical boundaries. Some may say that this book is a work of fantasy like most western tales. In one sense this is true as Henty uses fictional characters, but the story itself is based off of the experiences of a relative of Mr. Henty (as he stated in the preface). When one reads this tale full of gunfights, wildfires, horse races, round ups, Indian raids, and daring rescues, one would say it still sounds way too impossible. Henty understood this and stated in the preface, "in treating of cowboy life, indeed, it may well be said that truth is stranger than fiction." The tale is one worth reading largely to the sacrifice that men made for women in those days. In some instances within the book, the hero and many others are faced with the situation of saving women and children from a band of Indians, and later two young ladies from a group of outlaws. In both cases many men put their lives at stake, knowing there was little chance of survival, for those who were weaker than them. This is true Godly manhood at its fullest! Some may find a problem with the cowboys mention and use of liquor and tobacco. Let me say that tobacco was generally accepted in the days of Henty, and no one knew what it could really do to a person. Secondly the use of liquor was common in the days of the west, and Henty wanted to keep his tale accurate to the time of the work. It can also be said that Henty mentions many times the negative benefits of the drink. This story is one that you and all those who will come after you will enjoy. I highly recommend this tale for anyone wanting to read a western that is not only profanity free, but historical in setting as well.
The True Wild West Revealed Jun 14, 2000
My family and I read this book together, and found it to be a very captivating western mystery. The reality of real cowboy life presented in the book, makes the Hollywood cowboy look like a romticized story character. The wild, wild west will never be the same for us. Henty has the ability to paint colorful pictures in the mind, without going into unnecessary, gory detail. A wonderful book for the whole family.