Westward Over the Blue Ridge Mountains Dyslexia Series

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A Special Series of Books for Children Who Struggle to Read

When the English colonists first settled along the Atlantic Ocean, they saw the line of mountains to the west of them as an imposing barrier that was blocking their path to the Pacific. While that was true, they did not know that it wasn't the only barrier blocking their way. If only they could get over that great blue ridge, they opined, they would be able to sail west to China.

Well, the colonists had a thing or two to learn about the vast continent they had stumbled upon, and it's sheer size was just part of that. There were indigenous people as well, and not only did they know the way through the blue ridge, but they had lived and hunted on the land to the west of it for generations.

The English-American exploring parties failed to find any sensible way over the Blue Ridge Mountains, but a Native American tribe showed a young man through what later came to be known as the Cumberland Gap, and it was the mountain pass the colonists had been looking for. Soon hunters were traveling through the pass for the incredible bounty of animals on the western side, but it was still not an easy trek, and a hundred years later, white men had yet to settle in the region beyond the mountains in what is now the southern Ohio Valley. When they finally began to arrive with the intention of building settlements, the Native Americans were deeply unhappy. They did not want strangers moving into their traditional hunting lands and killing huge numbers of their animals for their pelts.

But men like Daniel Boone were burning with the fever of living in the paradise of Kentucky, so on they came, but not without a fair share of heartache along the way. Ultimately, the land was settled, and the route through the Cumberland Gap was pivotal in making that happen. Boone widened it, and the Wilderness Road became well worn from the feet of frontiersmen heading west. This five-part series begins with the colonists' first trips into the Blue Ridge Mountains and winds its way through the stories of some of the men who strove to get to the other side, including young George Washington and the great dreamer Daniel Boone.

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 Westward Over the Blue Ridge Mountains 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 the English colonists first settled along the Atlantic Ocean, they saw the line of mountains to the west of them as an imposing barrier that was blocking their path to the Pacific. While that was true, they did not know that it wasn't the only barrier blocking their way. If only they could get over that great blue ridge, they opined, they would be able to sail west to China.

Well, the colonists had a thing or two to learn about the vast continent they had stumbled upon, and it's sheer size was just part of that. There were indigenous people as well, and not only did they know the way through the blue ridge, but they had lived and hunted on the land to the west of it for generations.

The English-American exploring parties failed to find any sensible way over the Blue Ridge Mountains, but a Native American tribe showed a young man through what later came to be known as the Cumberland Gap, and it was the mountain pass the colonists had been looking for. Soon hunters were traveling through the pass for the incredible bounty of animals on the western side, but it was still not an easy trek, and a hundred years later, white men had yet to settle in the region beyond the mountains in what is now the southern Ohio Valley. When they finally began to arrive with the intention of building settlements, the Native Americans were deeply unhappy. They did not want strangers moving into their traditional hunting lands and killing huge numbers of their animals for their pelts.

But men like Daniel Boone were burning with the fever of living in the paradise of Kentucky, so on they came, but not without a fair share of heartache along the way. Ultimately, the land was settled, and the route through the Cumberland Gap was pivotal in making that happen. Boone widened it, and the Wilderness Road became well worn from the feet of frontiersmen heading west. This five-part series begins with the colonists' first trips into the Blue Ridge Mountains and winds its way through the stories of some of the men who strove to get to the other side, including young George Washington and the great dreamer Daniel Boone.

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 Westward Over the Blue Ridge Mountains 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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Thomas Batts Finds the Great Warpath

Subtitle: Westward Over the Blue Ridge Mountains, Part One

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

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Settlers in America; Colonization

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

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

Pages: 22

ISBN: 978-0-88092-957-8

Order code: 9578

Price: $15.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 9578S

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In 1671, General Wood sent an exploring party from Fort Henry in Virginia over the line of mountains to the west to see if his men could find a way to the Pacific Ocean. That great blue ridge was blocking a good trade business with China, and surely there had to be a way through it. But the man he sent to lead the party, Captain Thomas Batts, was frustrated by the effort. Instead of finding the ocean, he found a Native American path. He had no idea how important his discovery would become.

In 1671, General Wood sent an exploring party from Fort Henry in Virginia over the line of mountains to the west to see if his men could find a way to the Pacific Ocean. That great blue ridge was blocking a good trade business with China, and surely there had to be a way through it. But the man he sent to lead the party, Captain Thomas Batts, was frustrated by the effort. Instead of finding the ocean, he found a Native American path. He had no idea how important his discovery would become.

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Gabe Arthur Walks the Warrior’s Path

Subtitle: Westward Over the Blue Ridge Mountains, Part Two

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

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Settlers in America; Colonization

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

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

Pages: 25

ISBN: 978-0-88092-958-5

Order code: 9585

Price: $15.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 9585S

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General Wood had tried multiple times to get exploring parties over the mountains to the west of his fort in Virginia but without much luck. When he sent a party out that included young Gabe Arthur, he expected to see the boy again in about two months. Gabe's story took a remarkable turn, however, and he spent more than a year with Native American tribes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. When he finally returned, he carried with him a history-shaping piece of information.

General Wood had tried multiple times to get exploring parties over the mountains to the west of his fort in Virginia but without much luck. When he sent a party out that included young Gabe Arthur, he expected to see the boy again in about two months. Gabe's story took a remarkable turn, however, and he spent more than a year with Native American tribes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. When he finally returned, he carried with him a history-shaping piece of information.

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Dr. Thomas Walker Maps the Cumberland Gap

Subtitle: Westward Over the Blue Ridge Mountains, Part Three

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

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Settlers in America; Colonization

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

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

Pages: 25

ISBN: 978-0-89824-959-0

Order code: 9590

Price: $15.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 9590S

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In 1750, Dr. Thomas Walker strode into the wilderness. He was looking for land on which to build a settlement, and he wanted that land to be on the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. But first he had to get there. He'd heard of the pass that the Native Americans used, but no one had yet marked it on any maps. Dr. Walker intended to change that. His explorations ultimately disappointed him, but importantly, he had recorded the Cumberland Gap for all who followed.

In 1750, Dr. Thomas Walker strode into the wilderness. He was looking for land on which to build a settlement, and he wanted that land to be on the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. But first he had to get there. He'd heard of the pass that the Native Americans used, but no one had yet marked it on any maps. Dr. Walker intended to change that. His explorations ultimately disappointed him, but importantly, he had recorded the Cumberland Gap for all who followed.

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George Washington and the Wild Allegheny

Subtitle: Westward Over the Blue Ridge Mountains, Part Four

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

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Settlers in America; Colonization

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

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

Pages: 38

ISBN: 978-0-88092-959-2

Order code: 9592

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 9592S

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Few frontiersmen had been where Christopher Gist had gone, and that's why Major George Washington needed him to guide him over the mountains to the French forts near Lake Erie. The French were claiming the Ohio Country as theirs, and Major Washington was tasked with telling them that it belonged to England instead. The French disagreed, so Major Washington asked Christopher to lead him through the winter wilderness back to Virginia in a hurry. It was a cold and treacherous journey.

Few frontiersmen had been where Christopher Gist had gone, and that's why Major George Washington needed him to guide him over the mountains to the French forts near Lake Erie. The French were claiming the Ohio Country as theirs, and Major Washington was tasked with telling them that it belonged to England instead. The French disagreed, so Major Washington asked Christopher to lead him through the winter wilderness back to Virginia in a hurry. It was a cold and treacherous journey.

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Daniel Boone’s Bluegrass Dream

Subtitle: Westward Over the Blue Ridge Mountains, Part Five

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

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Settlers in America; Colonization

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

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

Pages: 78

ISBN: 978-0-89824-960-6

Order code: 9606

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $12.00 each.
Order code: 9606S

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At his first sight of the beautiful land of Kentucky, Daniel Boone was hooked, and he was feverish to move his family there from that point on. But first he needed to get a good stock of furs so that he had the funds to start a settlement. Native Americans foiled that plan, and Daniel finally had to get help from a lawyer who could negotiate with the Cherokees to let them settle safely. Even then, there were problems, and Daniel had to hold on tight to his bluegrass dream.

At his first sight of the beautiful land of Kentucky, Daniel Boone was hooked, and he was feverish to move his family there from that point on. But first he needed to get a good stock of furs so that he had the funds to start a settlement. Native Americans foiled that plan, and Daniel finally had to get help from a lawyer who could negotiate with the Cherokees to let them settle safely. Even then, there were problems, and Daniel had to hold on tight to his bluegrass dream.

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Westward Over the Blue Ridge Mountains Dyslexia Series Set

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

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Settlers in America; Colonization

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

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

Order code: 9578SET

Price: $70.00
Website price: $40.00

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This set includes all five books in the series: Thomas Batts Finds the Great Warpath, Gabe Arthur Walks the Warrior’s Path, Dr. Thomas Walker Maps the Cumberland Gap, George Washington and the Wild Allegheny, and Daniel Boone’s Bluegrass Dream, all offered together at a reduced price.

This set includes all five books in the series: Thomas Batts Finds the Great Warpath, Gabe Arthur Walks the Warrior’s Path, Dr. Thomas Walker Maps the Cumberland Gap, George Washington and the Wild Allegheny, and Daniel Boone’s Bluegrass Dream, all offered together at a reduced price.

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