Following the Frontier West Dyslexia Series

A Royal Fireworks Press Publication (Author) · Christopher Tice (Illustrator, Narrator)

This series contains interesting, amusing, and even touching stories of some of the more colorful characters who helped to open the unknown lands of America to the settlers who were working their way west.

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In This Series


A Special Series of Books for Children Who Struggle to Read

When most people think about the early American frontier, they’re likely to imagine the eastern edge of the vast prairies that made up the Great Plains, which stretched hundreds of miles from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. Or perhaps they think of the frontier as beginning at the Rocky Mountains themselves, which were so difficult for early settlers to cross. But the truth is that the frontier in America was an ever-shifting, ever-moving boundary that began, when the country was first discovered by European explorers, in the East at the Appalachian Mountains. From there it pushed west as people made their arduous way over those mountains and into the lands beyond them. Each geographic region posed its own challenges, and it was literally centuries before white settlers built roads and established towns and cities across the entire continent, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and all the areas in between.

It was dangerous to head out into the unknown American wilderness, but the men and women who traveled west did so carrying hopes and dreams of adventure and the promise of a better life. They wanted to make a good living doing work they loved, and they believed that opening up the frontier lands would make the natural treasures of the country accessible to others in positive and productive ways. In only a few short decades, intrepid pioneers had established the Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon Trail, and the California Trail, all of which were used by countless travelers after them as people worked their way west and settled the nation.

This is an interesting—and at several points amusing and even touching—series of eight books that tell the stories of some of the more colorful characters in the early history of American expansion. They illustrate well the variety of people who crossed the country in the late eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries. Much of history is traditionally taught as tedious lists of dates and facts, but the stories in this series are delightfully entertaining and should not be missed—and will not soon be forgotten—by readers of any age.

These books are printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that makes them easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. A special feature of the books is that each two-page spread contains a QR code that links to audio of the book being narrated. Children can listen and follow along to help them learn the words that they are seeing.

The Following the Frontier West Dyslexia Series offers a way for children with reading difficulties to enjoy reading and American history in a rare and wonderfully accessible combination that they will treasure for years to come.

Note: Although each title is meant to be a standalone book, important terms are defined or explained in the first book in which they appear, and the stories build upon one another, making the reading of the books in chronological order a more rewarding experience for children who are new to the topic.

This series is derived from a single novel of the same name. The novel is printed in a standard font with a typical formatting style and no audio feature. (See below.)