Pioneer Traders Dyslexia Series

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A Special Series of Books for Children Who Struggle to Read

The first big business in the New World was fur trading. Trappers tramped all across the country, following the rivers into the great, unexplored wilderness, setting their traps and catching literally thousands of beavers. Once they had exhausted a local population of the animals, they'd move on, following another river until that, too, was stripped of all its beavers. Traders went out into the wilderness as well, taking goods to exchange for furs with both the trappers and the Native Americans who wanted to trade for items they could not get on their own, such as metal knives and hatchets, guns and ammunition, brightly-colored cloth, and ornaments and trinkets like glass beads, mirrors, and bells.

There are plenty of controversial points that can be raised in a discussion of the early American trappers and traders, not the least of which are the ways in which the white traders often took advantage of the Native Americans, trading cheap goods for expensive furs, as well as the decimation of local animal populations and the resulting imbalances in the river and forest ecosystems, many of which to this day have never fully recovered. But as much as we may cringe at some of these ideas, the trappers and traders did play an important role in mapping and settling the United States of America.

The traders opened posts all along the rivers and crossroads of the American frontier, which began in places as far east as Pittsburgh and Chicago and gradually worked its way across the country toward Oregon and California and down to New Mexico. Those trading posts often grew into settlements, some of which burgeoned into enormous cities, such as St. Louis, a hub of fur trading in the latter half of the eighteenth century and much of the nineteenth. Where the traders went, settlers followed, and it is hard to imagine how geographically differently our mark on the land might have been or how much longer it would have taken for the country to have been settled without their profound influence.

This six-part series takes a look at the instrumental role the traders of early America played in mapping the wilderness and opening it up to settlement. It was dangerous work, but for men with a longing for adventure, the risks were worth it. Some of them kept at it and became famous; others decided that their calling was elsewhere, and that includes Abraham Lincoln, whose reputation as President of the United States typically overshadows his earlier career choices. Most people don't know that Abe was a trader for a short time, but it was during a trading journey that he first saw the slave trade in action, and that experience in part shaped how he felt about what he wanted to do with his future. In ways such as this, these stories are far more significant than one might initially think, and so this series is an important part of understanding how America came to be what it is today.

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 Pioneer Traders 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

The first big business in the New World was fur trading. Trappers tramped all across the country, following the rivers into the great, unexplored wilderness, setting their traps and catching literally thousands of beavers. Once they had exhausted a local population of the animals, they'd move on, following another river until that, too, was stripped of all its beavers. Traders went out into the wilderness as well, taking goods to exchange for furs with both the trappers and the Native Americans who wanted to trade for items they could not get on their own, such as metal knives and hatchets, guns and ammunition, brightly-colored cloth, and ornaments and trinkets like glass beads, mirrors, and bells.

There are plenty of controversial points that can be raised in a discussion of the early American trappers and traders, not the least of which are the ways in which the white traders often took advantage of the Native Americans, trading cheap goods for expensive furs, as well as the decimation of local animal populations and the resulting imbalances in the river and forest ecosystems, many of which to this day have never fully recovered. But as much as we may cringe at some of these ideas, the trappers and traders did play an important role in mapping and settling the United States of America.

The traders opened posts all along the rivers and crossroads of the American frontier, which began in places as far east as Pittsburgh and Chicago and gradually worked its way across the country toward Oregon and California and down to New Mexico. Those trading posts often grew into settlements, some of which burgeoned into enormous cities, such as St. Louis, a hub of fur trading in the latter half of the eighteenth century and much of the nineteenth. Where the traders went, settlers followed, and it is hard to imagine how geographically differently our mark on the land might have been or how much longer it would have taken for the country to have been settled without their profound influence.

This six-part series takes a look at the instrumental role the traders of early America played in mapping the wilderness and opening it up to settlement. It was dangerous work, but for men with a longing for adventure, the risks were worth it. Some of them kept at it and became famous; others decided that their calling was elsewhere, and that includes Abraham Lincoln, whose reputation as President of the United States typically overshadows his earlier career choices. Most people don't know that Abe was a trader for a short time, but it was during a trading journey that he first saw the slave trade in action, and that experience in part shaped how he felt about what he wanted to do with his future. In ways such as this, these stories are far more significant than one might initially think, and so this series is an important part of understanding how America came to be what it is today.

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 Pioneer Traders 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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George Croghan, Fur Trader

Subtitle: Pioneer Traders, Part One

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

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

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

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

Pages: 30

ISBN: 978-0-89824-782-4

Order code: 7824

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7824S

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George Croghan was an Irishman who came to America in 1741 to try his luck at fur trading. He worked hard, learning the languages and cultures of the various Native American tribes in places like Pennsylvania and the Ohio Country in order to be an effective trader. He became known as a friend to the Native Americans, and those friendships would play an instrumental role in the formation of the United States of America.

George Croghan was an Irishman who came to America in 1741 to try his luck at fur trading. He worked hard, learning the languages and cultures of the various Native American tribes in places like Pennsylvania and the Ohio Country in order to be an effective trader. He became known as a friend to the Native Americans, and those friendships would play an instrumental role in the formation of the United States of America.

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Trader Kinzie and the Battle of Fort Dearborn

Subtitle: Pioneer Traders, Part Two

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

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

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

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

Pages: 49

ISBN: 978-0-88092-782-6

Order code: 7826

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7826S

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Chicago was nothing more than a fort with a cluster of houses outside of it when John Kinzie and his family arrived there in 1804. John wanted to become a trader, and he opened his home to all who came there to trade—white and Native American alike. But trouble was brewing with some of the Native Americans, and with the English as well, and Trader Kinzie knew he had to find a way to keep his family safe.

Chicago was nothing more than a fort with a cluster of houses outside of it when John Kinzie and his family arrived there in 1804. John wanted to become a trader, and he opened his home to all who came there to trade—white and Native American alike. But trouble was brewing with some of the Native Americans, and with the English as well, and Trader Kinzie knew he had to find a way to keep his family safe.

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Manuel Lisa on the Missouri River

Subtitle: Pioneer Traders, Part Three

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

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

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

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

Pages: 36

ISBN: 978-0-89824-783-1

Order code: 7831

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7831S

Manuel Lisa on the Missouri River Cover

Not many Spaniards went into the fur trade in the booming city of St. Louis, but Manuel Lisa was one of them, and he became a founder of the Missouri Fur Company. An ambitious man, Manuel took a keelboat up the Missouri River farther than anyone had ever gone before and established the first trading post in what would later be the state of Montana. But Manuel's true claim to fame would be a feat that no one else would ever surpass.

Not many Spaniards went into the fur trade in the booming city of St. Louis, but Manuel Lisa was one of them, and he became a founder of the Missouri Fur Company. An ambitious man, Manuel took a keelboat up the Missouri River farther than anyone had ever gone before and established the first trading post in what would later be the state of Montana. But Manuel's true claim to fame would be a feat that no one else would ever surpass.

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Joe LaBarge, Missouri River Boy

Subtitle: Pioneer Traders, Part Four

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

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

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

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

Pages: 22

ISBN: 978-0-88092-783-3

Order code: 7833

Price: $15.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 7833S

Joe LaBarge, Missouri River Boy Cover

Young Joseph LaBarge dreamed of being a trapper, so when he was hired by the American Fur Company, he was excited by the opportunities that awaited. But the manager at his post on the Missouri River in Nebraska kept Joe busy doing menial jobs, and Joe was frustrated that his dream lay just out of reach for so long. Joe didn't know it then, but the wild Missouri River would change that dream—but not before it tried to take his life.

Young Joseph LaBarge dreamed of being a trapper, so when he was hired by the American Fur Company, he was excited by the opportunities that awaited. But the manager at his post on the Missouri River in Nebraska kept Joe busy doing menial jobs, and Joe was frustrated that his dream lay just out of reach for so long. Joe didn't know it then, but the wild Missouri River would change that dream—but not before it tried to take his life.

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The Bent Brothers on the Santa Fe Trail

Subtitle: Pioneer Traders, Part Five

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

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

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

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

Pages: 50

ISBN: 978-0-88092-784-0

Order code: 7840

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7840S

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Charles and William Bent worked as traders in the great wilderness of the northern American West, but bad luck forced them to change their plans. The Santa Fe Trail was still relatively new when the brothers decided to follow it to Santa Fe to trade with the locals there, but it was a risky endeavor. Comanches were attacking travelers, and the two men were putting their lives and those of their men in peril. But Charles Bent had his mind set: he would brave the dangers on the road to success.

Charles and William Bent worked as traders in the great wilderness of the northern American West, but bad luck forced them to change their plans. The Santa Fe Trail was still relatively new when the brothers decided to follow it to Santa Fe to trade with the locals there, but it was a risky endeavor. Comanches were attacking travelers, and the two men were putting their lives and those of their men in peril. But Charles Bent had his mind set: he would brave the dangers on the road to success.

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The Bent Brothers on the Santa Fe Trail sample pages:

Abe Lincoln, Trader

Subtitle: Pioneer Traders, Part Six

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

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

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

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

Pages: 46

ISBN: 978-0-89824-784-8

Order code: 7848

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7848S

Abe Lincoln, Trader Cover

Abraham Lincoln is one of America's most well-known presidents, but few people know much about his life before the presidency. One of Abe's first career goals was to become a trader, and his intelligent and sensible nature led to success in that work. He gained valuable experience meeting and dealing with people, but he also learned enough about the country to see that his talents were best applied elsewhere.

Abraham Lincoln is one of America's most well-known presidents, but few people know much about his life before the presidency. One of Abe's first career goals was to become a trader, and his intelligent and sensible nature led to success in that work. He gained valuable experience meeting and dealing with people, but he also learned enough about the country to see that his talents were best applied elsewhere.

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Abe Lincoln, Trader sample pages:

Pioneer Traders Dyslexia Series Set

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

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

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

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

Order code: 7824SET

Price: $75.00
Website price: $45.00

Pioneer Traders Dyslexia Series Set Cover

This set includes all six books in the series: George Croghan, Fur Trader; Trader Kinzie and the Battle of Fort Dearborn; Manuel Lisa on the Missouri River; Joe LaBarge, Missouri River Boy; The Bent Brothers on the Santa Fe Trail; and Abe Lincoln, Trader, all offered together at a reduced price.

This set includes all six books in the series: George Croghan, Fur Trader; Trader Kinzie and the Battle of Fort Dearborn; Manuel Lisa on the Missouri River; Joe LaBarge, Missouri River Boy; The Bent Brothers on the Santa Fe Trail; and Abe Lincoln, Trader, all offered together at a reduced price.

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