Adventures in the West: Stories for Young Readers (Bison by Susanne George Bloomfield

By Susanne George Bloomfield

Before MP3 avid gamers, DVDs, and games, prior to even television and radio, American youngsters entertained themselves via studying. frequently what they learn have been well known magazines geared toward the full kinfolk; a weekly newspaper reminiscent of The Youth’s Companion or a per month journal like St. Nicholas have been approximately all a turn-of-the-century relations may perhaps have enough money. yet what those guides afforded used to be worthy, and it truly is this schooling in mind's eye and American existence that Adventures within the West revisits.
 
Adventures within the West brings jointly twenty-six tales from The Youth’s Companion and St. Nicholas to supply a special standpoint at the values of the time. The tales additionally display the typical myths, attitudes, and prejudices of existence at the western frontier, mirrored within the classes those courses imparted to a tender viewers. to reinforce the reader’s knowing, the editors have extra old and cultural history for every tale. the very best writers of the time, together with L. Frank Baum, Hamlin Garland, and Mary Austin, write of a West that mirrors American historical past and the values the authors sought to advertise. jam-packed with the exploits of cowpunchers, pioneers, brave Indians, and plucky animals, those riveting tales additionally embrace the ideals and stories of an period and inform a couple of tale in their day.

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Olaf Baker 41 On he went, hour after hour, never ceasing to watch. The prairiegrouse got up almost under his pony’s feet. The larks and savanna-sparrows filled the air with their singing, and everywhere the wild roses were in bloom. It seemed as if nothing but peace would ever find its way among these singing-birds and flowers; yet Little Wolf knew well that the Assiniboins could come creeping along the hollows of the prairie, like wolves, and that there is no moment more dangerous than the time when there is no hint of danger.

I was just to go for thee. ” answered Póh-hlaik, brightening. ” Both boys had their bow-cases on their backs, and in five minutes they had descended the slope and were crossing the plateau to the brink of the cañon. This rift in the upland, four hundred feet deep, was shadowy with royal pines and musical with a lovely brook—as it is to this day. Póh-hlaik and Ka-be descended the precipitous side noiselessly, and began creeping along the brook in the thick underbrush. Fat trout flashed in the pools; but the boys paid no attention to them, for from a thicket on the other side of a little natural glade came the “gobble-obble-obble” and then the skir-r-r!

To the people who first told them, these legends were more than mere tales invented to explain natural phenomena; they were an integral part of Native tradition. They communicated a kinship with the past and an understanding of the peoples’ relationship to their environment. It is a testament to their evocative power that so many legends still exist, despite the lack of a pervasive writing system. “Where the Buffaloes Begin” is unique in that it tells the story of a Native American legend from the viewpoint of a non-Indian—presumably a white outsider.

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