Men on Iron Horses Dyslexia Series

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A Special Series of Books for Children Who Struggle to Read

In the early 1830s, people in America began building the first locomotives and laying railroad tracks across the country. Mail, goods, and passengers all needed a way to traverse the nation, and the iron horse seemed the best way to do it. For the next forty years, the railroad slowly snaked westward to the edges of the frontier, then crossed great expanses of untamed wilderness to get to California, connecting east with west in a way that had not been possible before.

The work was not easy, nor was it without problems. Someone had to invent the first locomotive. Someone had to make it work well. Someone had to figure out how to keep passengers from being choked by smoke and burned by falling sparks from the locomotive's smokestack. Someone had to recognize that the entire system of trains and tracks needed to be standardized so that a train in New York could travel on a track in Boston. Someone had to finance the building of more tracks, cut through prairies and forests, bore through mountains, build bridges over valleys and rivers. None of it was easy. In fact, much of it was dangerous.

The iron horses changed fundamentally how united the people of the United States actually felt, and it also radically revolutionized the economies of not just the many small cities along the railroad but also the country as a whole. But men had to make it work, and the books in this series tell those stories.

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 Men on Iron Horses 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.

A Special Series of Books for Children Who Struggle to Read

In the early 1830s, people in America began building the first locomotives and laying railroad tracks across the country. Mail, goods, and passengers all needed a way to traverse the nation, and the iron horse seemed the best way to do it. For the next forty years, the railroad slowly snaked westward to the edges of the frontier, then crossed great expanses of untamed wilderness to get to California, connecting east with west in a way that had not been possible before.

The work was not easy, nor was it without problems. Someone had to invent the first locomotive. Someone had to make it work well. Someone had to figure out how to keep passengers from being choked by smoke and burned by falling sparks from the locomotive's smokestack. Someone had to recognize that the entire system of trains and tracks needed to be standardized so that a train in New York could travel on a track in Boston. Someone had to finance the building of more tracks, cut through prairies and forests, bore through mountains, build bridges over valleys and rivers. None of it was easy. In fact, much of it was dangerous.

The iron horses changed fundamentally how united the people of the United States actually felt, and it also radically revolutionized the economies of not just the many small cities along the railroad but also the country as a whole. But men had to make it work, and the books in this series tell those stories.

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 Men on Iron Horses 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.

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Peter Cooper's Horse and a Half

Subtitle: Men on Iron Horses, Part One

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

Subjects: Railroads; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Locomotives

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

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

Pages: 21

ISBN: 978-0-88092-745-1

Order code: 7451

Price: $15.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 7451S

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Peter Cooper knew two things for certain about his homemade little steam engine. First, he knew that it wasn't big enough or strong enough to carry more than a few passengers from place to place. And second, he knew that the problems he had with it weren't nearly as important as what it would mean for the future, when locomotives could be made by people who could build them bigger and better than he could. All he had to do was show people what his new iron horse could do.

Peter Cooper knew two things for certain about his homemade little steam engine. First, he knew that it wasn't big enough or strong enough to carry more than a few passengers from place to place. And second, he knew that the problems he had with it weren't nearly as important as what it would mean for the future, when locomotives could be made by people who could build them bigger and better than he could. All he had to do was show people what his new iron horse could do.

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William Brown Rides the DeWitt Clinton

Subtitle: Men on Iron Horses, Part Two

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

Subjects: Railroads; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Locomotives

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

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

Pages: 27

ISBN: 978-0-89824-745-9

Order code: 7459

Price: $15.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 7459S

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In the early 1830s, iron horses were being built all along the East Coast, and whenever they arrived in a new town, people were excited to ride them for the first time. But the first locomotives had some problems that needed to be worked out before they would become popular as passenger vehicles. An artist named William Brown took his first ride on the new train in New York, and it was one he would never forget. And because he was an artist, he made sure that no one else would forget either.

In the early 1830s, iron horses were being built all along the East Coast, and whenever they arrived in a new town, people were excited to ride them for the first time. But the first locomotives had some problems that needed to be worked out before they would become popular as passenger vehicles. An artist named William Brown took his first ride on the new train in New York, and it was one he would never forget. And because he was an artist, he made sure that no one else would forget either.

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Captain Ayres and the Jumping Stick

Subtitle: Men on Iron Horses, Part Three

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

Subjects: Railroads; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Locomotives

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

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

Pages: 26

ISBN: 978-0-89824-746-6

Order code: 7466

Price: $15.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 7466S

Captain Ayres and the Jumping Stick Cover

In the early days of the locomotive, there were no rules about how the trains were to be run or even who was in charge. Captain Ayres found himself frustrated with the engineer on his train, a stubborn man name Mr. Hamil who seemed determined to have his way, no matter the cost to the train or its passengers. So Captain Ayres devised a way to work with Mr. Hamil, but he soon found out that he would have to work things out the hard way.

In the early days of the locomotive, there were no rules about how the trains were to be run or even who was in charge. Captain Ayres found himself frustrated with the engineer on his train, a stubborn man name Mr. Hamil who seemed determined to have his way, no matter the cost to the train or its passengers. So Captain Ayres devised a way to work with Mr. Hamil, but he soon found out that he would have to work things out the hard way.

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William Ogden's Iron Pioneer

Subtitle: Men on Iron Horses, Part Four

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

Subjects: Railroads; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Locomotives

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

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

Pages: 29

ISBN: 978-0-88092-746-8

Order code: 7468

Price: $15.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 7468S

William Ogden's Iron Pioneer Cover

William Ogden bought himself a used locomotive and some train cars and had a few miles of railroad tracks built from Chicago going west, all despite the citizens of Chicago telling him that he was wasting his time. But Mr. Ogden knew that the country could be crossed by rail easier than by horse or wagon, and he went ahead with his plan. It wasn't long at all before the little locomotive proved its worth.

William Ogden bought himself a used locomotive and some train cars and had a few miles of railroad tracks built from Chicago going west, all despite the citizens of Chicago telling him that he was wasting his time. But Mr. Ogden knew that the country could be crossed by rail easier than by horse or wagon, and he went ahead with his plan. It wasn't long at all before the little locomotive proved its worth.

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Ad Clark's Record Run to the Pony Express

Subtitle: Men on Iron Horses, Part Five

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

Subjects: Railroads; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Locomotives

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

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

Pages: 32

ISBN: 978-0-89824-747-3

Order code: 7473

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7473S

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The first Pony Express ride was a race against time, but the mail had to come from New York before the rider could start out. But there was a delay, and the train waiting at Hannibal, Missouri, to carry the mail across the state to St. Joseph, where the Pony Express rider waited, couldn't start on time. The train's engineer, Ad Clark, had already been told to try to set a speed record, but now he'd have to do better than ever. Just how fast could he push his locomotive?

The first Pony Express ride was a race against time, but the mail had to come from New York before the rider could start out. But there was a delay, and the train waiting at Hannibal, Missouri, to carry the mail across the state to St. Joseph, where the Pony Express rider waited, couldn't start on time. The train's engineer, Ad Clark, had already been told to try to set a speed record, but now he'd have to do better than ever. Just how fast could he push his locomotive?

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General Dodge and Charlie Crocker Meet in the Middle

Subtitle: Men on Iron Horses, Part Six

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

Subjects: Railroads; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Locomotives

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

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

Pages: 46

ISBN: 978-0-88092-747-5

Order code: 7475

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7475S

General Dodge and Charlie Crocker Meet in the Middle Cover

General Dodge was in charge of building the Union Pacific Railroad west from Omaha, Nebraska. Charlie Crocker was in charge of building the Central Pacific Railroad east from California. The railroad tracks were supposed to meet in the middle, but each man and his crew were determined to get as far as they could as fast as they could. It was a race, and when it was over, the railroad would stretch across the entire United States for the first time ever.

General Dodge was in charge of building the Union Pacific Railroad west from Omaha, Nebraska. Charlie Crocker was in charge of building the Central Pacific Railroad east from California. The railroad tracks were supposed to meet in the middle, but each man and his crew were determined to get as far as they could as fast as they could. It was a race, and when it was over, the railroad would stretch across the entire United States for the first time ever.

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General Dodge and Charlie Crocker sample pages:

Men on Iron Horses Dyslexia Series Set

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

Subjects: Railroads; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Locomotives

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

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

Order code: 7451SET

Price: $75.00
Website price: $50.00

Men on Iron Horses Dyslexia Series Set Cover

This set includes all six books in the series: Peter Cooper’s Horse and a Half, William Brown Rides the DeWitt Clinton, Captain Ayres and the Jumping Stick, William Ogden’s Iron Pioneer, Ad Clark’s Record Run to the Pony Express, and General Dodge and Charlie Crocker Meet in the Middle, all offered together at a reduced price.

This set includes all six books in the series: Peter Cooper’s Horse and a Half, William Brown Rides the DeWitt Clinton, Captain Ayres and the Jumping Stick, William Ogden’s Iron Pioneer, Ad Clark’s Record Run to the Pony Express, and General Dodge and Charlie Crocker Meet in the Middle, all offered together at a reduced price.

Men on Iron Horses Dyslexia Series Set Cover

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