Daniel Boone's great escape

by Spradlin, Michael P.

Format: Print Book 2008
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While out hunting buffalo one day, the great Wild West explorer Daniel Boone was captured by powerful Shawnee warriors. Enraged by the settlers' murder of one of their own, the Shawnee chief decided to take Boone hostage as revenge. Even though he was eventually adopted by the Shawnee and grew accustomed to their way of life, Boone was constantly concerned about the safety of his family and friends. So when he heard that the Shawnee were preparing to attack the settlers in an attempt to regain their land, Boone decided to escape. Over four long days, he navigated the cruel landscape--crossing wide rivers, hiding in tall grass or trees, covering his footsteps at every turn, and never looking back but all the while knowing that the angry warriors were in hot pursuit.

This little-known episode from the life of one of our most famous Western heroes provides a balanced look at a difficult time in our history, while presenting a stunning act of courage that will keep young readers on the edge of their seats.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Spradlin presents an episode from the life of pioneer Daniel Boone that's long on excitement, but short on sourcing. On a snowy day in 1778 that would change his life forever,   Boone is hunting when he is spotted by Shawnee warriors. The Shawnee, furious over deaths and broken treaties, take Boone captive; then they allow him to bring men from his fort to live with the Indians as a sign of good faith. The description of this episode is confusing: how did Boone get his men to agree? And when Boone later escapes, he apparently leaves his men behind. Moreover, the epilogue states that this escape is reduced to one brief sentence in Boone's autobiography.  Though the epilogue speaks authoritatively, there are no source notes, or even a bibliography a disservice to children which will leave adult readers wondering about authenticity. That's too bad, because the pictures created with watercolor, colored pencil, and ink, and with lots of crosshatching practically jump off  the two-page spreads. No doubt kids will be caught up in the adventure, but how much is truth, and how much fiction?--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Spradlin (Texas Rangers: Legendary Lawmen) and Hoyt (I'm a Manatee) deliver a thrilling adventure about famed 18th-century frontiersman Daniel Boone. The storytelling is immediate and swift: Suddenly the woods went still.... Boone looked behind him and saw a fearsome sight. Four Shawnee warriors were riding through the trees toward him. Gripping prose relates Boone's experiences as the Shawnee hold him captive from February to June in 1778, until he makes a daring escape to warn fellow settlers of an impending attack. Hoyt's skillful blend of close-ups and eye-level perspectives pulls readers right into the action. Maintaining the tight-as-a-drum tension, the watercolor-and-ink scenes show the escapee hightailing it through thick forests, even hiding inside a log at one point while a pursuer obliviously jumps it on horseback. Spreads with multiple vignettes emphasize the nonstop movement (Boone is said to have run day and night, barely stopping, for four days), as well as endowing the book with a contemporary, graphic-novel-style feel. An epilogue adds further dimension, pointing out that Boone was accused of treason for his initial surrender to the Shawnee. Ages 5-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Boone, Daniel, -- 1734-1820 -- Captivity, 1778 -- Juvenile literature.
Escapes -- Kentucky -- History -- 18th century -- Juvenile literature.
Indian captivities -- Kentucky -- History -- 18th century -- Juvenile literature.
Shawnee Indians -- History -- 18th century -- Juvenile literature.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Kentucky -- Juvenile literature.
Pioneers -- Kentucky -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Explorers -- Kentucky -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Kentucky -- History -- To 1792 -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher New York, NY :Walker & Co.,2008
Contributors Hoyt, Ard.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9780802795823 (library binding)
080279582X (library binding)
9780802795816 (trade)
0802795811 (trade)
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