MARCH 5 Today's post is provided by Pragmatic Mom.
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Mary on Horseback: Three Mountain Stories by Rosemary Wells
If you hear Rosemary Wells and think Max and Ruby , Yoko and Friends or McDuff, you have the right author. She is an author, like Cynthia Rylant, who has incredible range and also has ties to the Appalachians. I had read biographies in 5th grade about Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale but I was not familiar with Mary Breckenridge until I happened upon this book and it turns out that she deserves the same recognition, if not more so.
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Frontier Nursing Service .org
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Frontier Nursing Service. org
At just 53 pages and comprised of 5 very short chapters, Mary on Horseback is a series of spare but powerful stories that graphically depict the hardships of the Appalachians. Lesser known than Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale, Mary Breckenridge's autobiography moved Rosemary Wells so much that she visited Wendover and talked to nurses at the Frontier Nursing Service. Wells felt that her story should be shared with young people and wrote this book as a result.
I asked my 4th grader what she thought of the book; I had forgotten that she had read it in 2nd grade. She agreed that while the reading level of the book is for Newly Independent Readers, the content is more suitable for 4th grade. I think it's important to provide strong role models for girls too, so I highly recommend this book.
Winner of the Christopher Award, A Booklist Editors' Choice Book, and A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.