Following the Frontier West Dyslexia Series

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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.

To view all of the Adventures on the American Frontier dyslexia series, click here.

To view a standard-font edition of the stories in this series presented together as a single biographical novel without the audio feature, click here.

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.

To view all of the Adventures on the American Frontier dyslexia series, click here.

To view a standard-font edition of the stories in this series presented together as a single biographical novel without the audio feature, click here.

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We’ll Be There with Bells On!

Subtitle: Following the Frontier West, Part One

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Westward Expansion; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 25

ISBN: 978-0-89824-939-2

Order code: 9392

Price: $15.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 9392S

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The English language is filled with sayings that have origins unknown to the people who use them. The stories behind those sayings are often both fascinating and enlightening. The root of the saying "I'll be there with bells on" is no exception. It was born among the wagoners of eighteenth-century America, and people were just as glad to be able to say it then as they are today.

The English language is filled with sayings that have origins unknown to the people who use them. The stories behind those sayings are often both fascinating and enlightening. The root of the saying "I'll be there with bells on" is no exception. It was born among the wagoners of eighteenth-century America, and people were just as glad to be able to say it then as they are today.

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Captain Becknell and the Santa Fe Trail

Subtitle: Following the Frontier West, Part Two

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Westward Expansion; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 30

ISBN: 978-0-88092-940-0

Order code: 9400

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 9400S

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William Becknell had a grand idea: take a pack train of goods into the desert Southwest to trade with the Native Americans there for mules. But fortune opened the way for him to go all the way to Santa Fe, where he traded with the local Mexicans and made a good profit. He was determined to make the trip again, this time with wagons. The journey almost cost him his life, but he had established the Santa Fe Trail, a pathway that became instrumental in the effort to settle the West.

William Becknell had a grand idea: take a pack train of goods into the desert Southwest to trade with the Native Americans there for mules. But fortune opened the way for him to go all the way to Santa Fe, where he traded with the local Mexicans and made a good profit. He was determined to make the trip again, this time with wagons. The journey almost cost him his life, but he had established the Santa Fe Trail, a pathway that became instrumental in the effort to settle the West.

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James Hobbs’s Long Journey

Subtitle: Following the Frontier West, Part Three

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Westward Expansion; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 25

ISBN: 978-0-89824-940-8

Order code: 9408

Price: $15.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 9408S

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James Hobbs was a foolish sixteen-year-old boy when, while out on a trading journey with a group of traders who were traveling along the Santa Fe Trail, he and another boy left the wagon train to chase a buffalo. By the time they brought it down, they were miles from the others and hopelessly lost. A band of Comanches found them, and the boys had no choice but to go with them. Would they ever escape?

James Hobbs was a foolish sixteen-year-old boy when, while out on a trading journey with a group of traders who were traveling along the Santa Fe Trail, he and another boy left the wagon train to chase a buffalo. By the time they brought it down, they were miles from the others and hopelessly lost. A band of Comanches found them, and the boys had no choice but to go with them. Would they ever escape?

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Jim Bridger, Mountain Man

Subtitle: Following the Frontier West, Part Four

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Westward Expansion; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 25

ISBN: 978-0-89824-941-5

Order code: 9415

Price: $15.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 9415S

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When Hugh Glass was brutally attacked by a grizzly, his good friend Jim was deeply saddened, and he was one of two men who chose to stay with the old mountain man until he died so that they could bury his body. But Hugh did not die right away, and danger lurked in the wilderness around them. At last Jim gave up and left the man, clinging to life but barely breathing, to die on his own. He was haunted by the decision, until one day he found himself haunted by something even more terrifying.

When Hugh Glass was brutally attacked by a grizzly, his good friend Jim was deeply saddened, and he was one of two men who chose to stay with the old mountain man until he died so that they could bury his body. But Hugh did not die right away, and danger lurked in the wilderness around them. At last Jim gave up and left the man, clinging to life but barely breathing, to die on his own. He was haunted by the decision, until one day he found himself haunted by something even more terrifying.

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Marcus Whitman Takes Wheels to Oregon

Subtitle: Following the Frontier West, Part Five

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Westward Expansion; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 41

ISBN: 978-0-89824-942-2

Order code: 9422

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 9422S

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Dr. Whitman was a missionary who wanted to take wagons over the mountains from Missouri to Oregon. People had been to Oregon on horseback, but no one had ever taken a wagon because the road was nothing more than a rough, narrow trail. Many people helped Dr. Whitman and his small group of travelers along the way, and they all pleaded with him to leave the wagons and use pack mules instead. Dr. Whitman refused to give up on his dream, but it didn't turn out the way he expected.

Dr. Whitman was a missionary who wanted to take wagons over the mountains from Missouri to Oregon. People had been to Oregon on horseback, but no one had ever taken a wagon because the road was nothing more than a rough, narrow trail. Many people helped Dr. Whitman and his small group of travelers along the way, and they all pleaded with him to leave the wagons and use pack mules instead. Dr. Whitman refused to give up on his dream, but it didn't turn out the way he expected.

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John Bidwell’s Wagon Trip to California

Subtitle: Following the Frontier West, Part Six

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Westward Expansion; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 30

ISBN: 978-0-89824-943-9

Order code: 9439

Price: $70.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 9439S

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No one had taken a wagon train all the way to California when John Bidwell decided to do it. He got a big group of people to go along with him, and he was excited at the prospect of the adventures that lay ahead. On the way, he and a young man named Jimmy decided to have an adventure of their own, apart from the others. It was an experience that proved to be far more dangerous than the young men could have anticipated.

No one had taken a wagon train all the way to California when John Bidwell decided to do it. He got a big group of people to go along with him, and he was excited at the prospect of the adventures that lay ahead. On the way, he and a young man named Jimmy decided to have an adventure of their own, apart from the others. It was an experience that proved to be far more dangerous than the young men could have anticipated.

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“Uncle John” Smith and the Wagon Train Raid

Subtitle: Following the Frontier West, Part Seven

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Westward Expansion; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 25

ISBN: 978-0-89824-944-6

Order code: 9446

Price: $15.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 9446S

“Uncle John” Smith and the Wagon Train Raid Cover

When John Smith and his friends saw Pawnees raiding a wagon train out on the Santa Fe Trail, they knew they had to help. When the fighting was over, a young boy named Paul Dale was left an orphan, and John took care of him until they reached their destination. During that time, he grew extremely fond of little Paul, and when it was time to head out on the trail again, "Uncle John" just couldn't leave the boy behind. It was a good thing, too, because no one was prepared for what happened on that trip.

When John Smith and his friends saw Pawnees raiding a wagon train out on the Santa Fe Trail, they knew they had to help. When the fighting was over, a young boy named Paul Dale was left an orphan, and John took care of him until they reached their destination. During that time, he grew extremely fond of little Paul, and when it was time to head out on the trail again, "Uncle John" just couldn't leave the boy behind. It was a good thing, too, because no one was prepared for what happened on that trip.

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John Phillips Saves Fort Phil Kearney

Subtitle: Following the Frontier West, Part Eight

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication

Subjects: Westward Expansion; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 33

ISBN: 978-0-88092-944-8

Order code: 9448

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 9448S

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John Phillips had come to America from Portugal, and he was working at the U.S. Army's Fort Phil Kearney as a woodcutter when Native Americans attacked the soldiers guarding the fort, putting the lives of everyone inside the fort at risk. Someone had to ride for help, and John, although not a soldier himself, volunteered, despite the blizzard that had just begun. It was a long, treacherous, bitterly cold ride, but there was too much at stake for John to fail.

John Phillips had come to America from Portugal, and he was working at the U.S. Army's Fort Phil Kearney as a woodcutter when Native Americans attacked the soldiers guarding the fort, putting the lives of everyone inside the fort at risk. Someone had to ride for help, and John, although not a soldier himself, volunteered, despite the blizzard that had just begun. It was a long, treacherous, bitterly cold ride, but there was too much at stake for John to fail.

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Following the Frontier West Dyslexia Series Set

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Westward Expansion; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Order code: 9392SET

Price: $100.00
Website price: $60.00

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This set includes all eight books in the series: We’ll Be There with Bells On!; Captain Becknell and the Santa Fe Trail; James Hobbs’s Long Journey; Jim Bridger, Mountain Man; Marcus Whitman Takes Wheels to Oregon; John Bidwell’s Wagon Trip to California; “Uncle John” Smith and the Wagon Train Raid; and John Phillips Saves Fort Phil Kearney, all offered together at a reduced price.

This set includes all eight books in the series: We’ll Be There with Bells On!; Captain Becknell and the Santa Fe Trail; James Hobbs’s Long Journey; Jim Bridger, Mountain Man; Marcus Whitman Takes Wheels to Oregon; John Bidwell’s Wagon Trip to California; “Uncle John” Smith and the Wagon Train Raid; and John Phillips Saves Fort Phil Kearney, all offered together at a reduced price.

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