ocusing on the bold and courageous
explorers and determined settlers who extended the frontier to the
western coastline, author Sherry Garland narrates in the voices of
figures from history. She personalizes the adventures of Sacagawea,
Jedediah Smith, George Catlin, and Annie Oakley. She furthers the
timeline with characters representing whole populations, including a
girl traveling west in a prairie schooner, a Santa Fe merchant, a gold
prospector, a Pony Express rider, a Chinese railroad worker, a young boy
barreling across the Great Plains in a steam locomotive, and a vaquero.
Talented artist Julie Dupré Buckner carefully researched the historical
details for her evocative illustrations. Each image furthers the
storyline and reinforces the emotional connection to the chronicle.
Together, the narrative and the art tell the tale of ancestors who
created the foundation of the American nation.