Daniel Boone is a name most school kids know. They likely think of him with a rifle and his coon skin hat. That is what I thought about. Though I knew his name, over the years, I had forgotten his significance in U.S. history.
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That all changed when I read aloud Daniel Boone: Frontiersman by Janet & Geoff Benge. This year, we’ve read six YWAM Heroes of History books as part of our U.S. history curriculum, and this book was by far the most exciting.
Daniel Boone was quite a mischievous young boy, even going so far as secretly loading extra gun powder in his brother-in-laws gun so he’d be scared by the large boom, not realizing he could have killed his brother-in-law. (Luckily, he was fine.)
Daniel Boone came from a large family and from an early age took the role of provider for his family by hunting animals for both food and fur. He married fairly young and went on to have a large family himself.
The book gains momentum when Boone decides to travel to Kentucky. At the time, Kentucky was the far West of the country and was heavily populated by Native Americans. Honestly, I was surprised that Boone lived to an old age considering the many times he ran into Native Americans and his life was threatened. (He was even kidnapped and adopted by Native Americans for some time.)
Unfortunately, several of his children were not so lucky and died as a result of their father’s drive to push into Kentucky and explore the far West.
This book had us on the edge of our seats throughout most of the story. Boone lived a very exciting life, but, for as many highs that he had, he also had extreme lows, including the loss of some of his children.
I’m reminded once again of Boone’s important place in American history and the beginning of the push westward.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.