Pioneering on the Plains Dyslexia Series

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A Special Series of Books for Children Who Struggle to Read

When President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law in 1862, people all over the world—not just Americans—jumped at the chance to become landowners in the vast Midwest of the United States. The purpose of the Act was twofold: to encourage western expansion across the country, and to give people who might not otherwise have one a chance to better themselves as property owners. It was an incredible opportunity, especially for former slaves, women, and immigrants who wanted to build a new life for themselves in America.

That 270 million acres were settled as a result of the Homestead Act—a full 10% of the country—belies the facts of how hard it was to homestead in the Great Plains. It was backbreaking work, and it was not for everyone. People in the eastern states often came to sudden and sharp realizations about the work involved and the challenges that might ultimately foil their attempts at success. Still, however, the dedicated pressed on, and eventually small farms dotted the horizon that previously had been unbroken, often by even a single tree.

This series includes only two parts, and each of them is longer than many of the parts in other series that make up the broader collection of Adventures on the American Frontier stories. However, these two stories follow characters through their experiences in more depth and with more detail, almost like small novellas rather than short stories, enabling children to build their reading confidence by giving them longer works that draw them along through the engaging storylines. Each story presents a picture of life on the prairie, one in Iowa and one in Kansas, that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.

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 Pioneering on the Plains 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

When President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law in 1862, people all over the world—not just Americans—jumped at the chance to become landowners in the vast Midwest of the United States. The purpose of the Act was twofold: to encourage western expansion across the country, and to give people who might not otherwise have one a chance to better themselves as property owners. It was an incredible opportunity, especially for former slaves, women, and immigrants who wanted to build a new life for themselves in America.

That 270 million acres were settled as a result of the Homestead Act—a full 10% of the country—belies the facts of how hard it was to homestead in the Great Plains. It was backbreaking work, and it was not for everyone. People in the eastern states often came to sudden and sharp realizations about the work involved and the challenges that might ultimately foil their attempts at success. Still, however, the dedicated pressed on, and eventually small farms dotted the horizon that previously had been unbroken, often by even a single tree.

This series includes only two parts, and each of them is longer than many of the parts in other series that make up the broader collection of Adventures on the American Frontier stories. However, these two stories follow characters through their experiences in more depth and with more detail, almost like small novellas rather than short stories, enabling children to build their reading confidence by giving them longer works that draw them along through the engaging storylines. Each story presents a picture of life on the prairie, one in Iowa and one in Kansas, that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.

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 Pioneering on the Plains 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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Hamlin Garland, Boy of the Prairie

Subtitle: Pioneering on the Plains, Part One

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

Subjects: Homesteaders; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

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

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

Pages: 118

ISBN: 978-0-89824-937-8

Order code: 9378

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $12.00 each.
Order code: 9378S

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Hamlin was nine years old when his father moved the family from Wisconsin to Iowa. Hamlin had loved his old home, but he immediately loved the new one even better. So when his father sold that farm and moved the family farther west, this time into the vast Iowa plains, Hamlin was not happy about it. There were no trees at all around his new home, and by then Hamlin was old enough to help with the grueling work of breaking the soil. How, he wondered, could his father be so happy in this harsh, empty land?

Hamlin was nine years old when his father moved the family from Wisconsin to Iowa. Hamlin had loved his old home, but he immediately loved the new one even better. So when his father sold that farm and moved the family farther west, this time into the vast Iowa plains, Hamlin was not happy about it. There were no trees at all around his new home, and by then Hamlin was old enough to help with the grueling work of breaking the soil. How, he wondered, could his father be so happy in this harsh, empty land?

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Howard Ruede, Kansas Sodbuster

Subtitle: Pioneering on the Plains, Part Two

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

Subjects: Homesteaders; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

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

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

Pages: 97

ISBN: 978-0-89824-938-5

Order code: 9385

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $12.00 each.
Order code: 9385S

Howard Ruede, Kansas Sodbuster Cover

Young Howard Ruede was heading into Kansas to start a homestead for his family, who waited for him from their home in Pennsylvania. All he had to do was build a house, plow up a few acres for crops, and send word for Pa, Ma, and his brothers and sister to join him. His dream burned strong within him, but it didn’t take long for Howard to discover that life on the plains was not at all as he’d expected, and he almost gave up his dream altogether.

Young Howard Ruede was heading into Kansas to start a homestead for his family, who waited for him from their home in Pennsylvania. All he had to do was build a house, plow up a few acres for crops, and send word for Pa, Ma, and his brothers and sister to join him. His dream burned strong within him, but it didn’t take long for Howard to discover that life on the plains was not at all as he’d expected, and he almost gave up his dream altogether.

Howard Ruede, Kansas Sodbuster Cover

Howard Ruede sample pages:

Pioneering on the Plains Dyslexia Series Set

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

Subjects: Homesteaders; Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America

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

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

Order code: 9378SET

Price: $40.00
Website price: $25.00

Pioneering on the Plains Dyslexia Series Set Cover

This set includes both books in the series: Hamlin Garland, Boy of the Prairie and Howard Ruede, Kansas Sodbuster, offered together at a reduced price.

This set includes both books in the series: Hamlin Garland, Boy of the Prairie and Howard Ruede, Kansas Sodbuster, offered together at a reduced price.

Pioneering on the Plains Dyslexia Series Set Cover

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