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Daniel Boone Awarded the John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in James Daugherty has dipped his pen and his brush into our nation s most dynamic chara

  • Title: Daniel Boone
  • Author: James Daugherty
  • ISBN: 9780670255900
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Awarded the John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in 1940 James Daugherty has dipped his pen and his brush into our nation s most dynamic character whose life adventures are exciting than the shadowy legend his name brings to mind Daniel Boone was a farmer who couldn t stay put Something was always pulling Awarded the John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in 1940 James Daugherty has dipped his pen and his brush into our nation s most dynamic character whose life adventures are exciting than the shadowy legend his name brings to mind Daniel Boone was a farmer who couldn t stay put Something was always pulling him westward into new and mysterious lands, and when this pull got so strong that he could no longer ignore it, and his wife and children could not persuade him to stay, he just went, with his toes pointing into the West and his eyes glued to the hills The rugged sweep which has always distinguished Mr Daugherty s illustrations and painting distinguishes his epic prose here as well, and makes for perfect portrayal of the vigorous character of Daniel Boone It is interesting to recall that among the first book illustrations which Mr Daugherty ever did were his interpretations of this same character for Stewart Edward White s Daniel Boone.

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    1. mitchell k dwyer on said:

      A biography about a person like Daniel Boone could try to tell you what he did or to tell you who he was. In such a short space as this, those are really the author's only two options. An especially skilled writer might be able to give you a really strong sense of who the person is by way of telling everything he did, but James Daugherty was not that writer.This thing reads like an unending list of exploits with almost no dialog and far, far too many names and places.Cornelia Meigs does the same [...]

    2. Stacy Mallory on said:

      The reviews of the this book are actually better than the book, not that the book is poorly written. Just written and illustrated at a different time. Polital Correctness has jaded peoples views of how the United States came to be. It wasn't all peaches and cream, your ancestors had to do what they could to make a life for them and their families.

    3. Antof9 on said:

      This book was just "meh". I didn't hate it -- possibly because it really didn't draw that much passion from me. Actually, the thing I felt strongest about was the illustrations. Really not a fan.I did get a little excited when "the little cavalcade of refugees wound its way sadly north to Culpeper, Virginia." That town is about < -- > this big, and it's where my mother-in-law is from. I've even been there once! So that part was interesting. Who'd have thought it a big enough place to merit [...]

    4. Phil Jensen on said:

      This is the kind of book that America just doesn't make anymore. It is a big, brawling, unapologetic, overblown paean to Manifest Destiny. Daugherty approaches his subject with lusty, overwrought prose that shows no fear of syntax or awkwardly chosen metaphors. The man is literally unable to craft a page of text without throwing some awful boner of poor word choice or sentence composition. I'm still laughing over the description of cradles overflowing with babies or nut trees showering young lov [...]

    5. D.C. on said:

      There is not one positive review of this long-forgotten book on , and after giving it a whirl, I am sadly going to have to agree. The illustrations are horribly racist and have the potential to give small children nightmares with their depictions of Indians as "savages" with gleaming, monster-like eyes wielding tomahawks with their bare chests painted wildly. Daniel Boone is not depicted as a real person, he is depicted as a legendary god-like figure who deserves every bit of worship from Daughe [...]

    6. Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance on said:

      And, at last, I dared to read Daniel Boone. It’s a story full of wicked Indians and good-guy white settlers, full of killing and attacking. You can almost see Daniel’s halo and the devil horns of the Indians as you read the story. It is told in the vernacular of Daugherty’s time and it is undoubtedly an interesting and exciting story. Must we pull it from our shelves simply because it is chockfull of opinions and prejudices? Can it not be read as a story without vilifying either the Indian [...]

    7. Wendy on said:

      I suspect this was chosen for the Newbery because of the "vigor" with which it was written, compared to most children's autobiographies, but I'll take the standard any day. (I read them by the dozen when I was a kid--mostly older ones, like this.)Notable for the fascinatingly bizarre illustrations, but otherwise, this racist and sort of ridiculous book should probably continue to live in relative obscurity. Daniel Boone doesn't come off too well, but my favorite part is when the author gets in a [...]

    8. Crystal on said:

      Newbery Winner 1940Seriously awful as a biography since it paints him as such a folk hero and not an actual person. Maybe okay as a tall tale if not for the horrific depictions of the native Americans. It set my teeth on edge. Bad enough when referencing them as red savages and similar comments, but these types of comments were just ridiculous, they "met personal tragedy of violent death with serene indifference." Really? Is that what it was?

    9. Kristen on said:

      Newbery Medal Winner--1940I love me some frontier stories, but this wasn't as exciting as I was hoping. I mean's Daniel Boone! Frontier hero! Instead we just get one vague story after another of Indian massacres and hunting trips. There were a couple interesting tidbits that I learned--like that they tried to court martial Boone and that he was friends with Abraham Lincoln--but overall a not super interesting.

    10. Benji Martin on said:

      This book was only 100 pages, but what a terrible 100 pages it was. I don't even want to talk about it.

    11. Karen Witzler on said:

      A childhood favorite with its uncritical view of westward expansion and the settlers.

    12. Jill on said:

      I can see why some people have said this is the worst Newbery winner, but I would argue there are way too many contenders for that distinction. I had to work to find a copy of it--it is the only Newbery medal winner out of print. If it's good enough to win the medal, shouldn't it stand the test of time and be good enough to remain in print? Also, it is apparent from the ego stroking wording in his opening letter to Colonel Boone that the author has somewhat of a man-crush on him. That's fine, ju [...]

    13. Gale on said:

      DISINHERITED SON OF KENTUCKY This 1940 Newbery Medal winner proves a mixed bag of historical anecdotes masquerading as serious biography by an armchair biographer who also happens to be a talented artist. The oversized format makes it awkward for adults to consider reading on their own as a serious piece of historical writing, though the starkly bold, linear drawings which illustrate the book will hold the interest of rough-and-tumble boys all right. It seems that Daugherty could not decide upon [...]

    14. Katharine Ott on said:

      “Daniel Boone” – written and illustrated by James Daugherty and published in 1939 by Viking Press. Once again I am happy to have experienced another great Newbery Medal winner (1940). This middle grade book is an eloquent account of the life of an American hero. “The quiet mild-mannered captain was famous all through the mountains for his cool courage and skill as an Indian fighter.” Daugherty tells a rousing story of dangerous excursions into the western frontier, the hewing of the Wi [...]

    15. Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob) on said:

      Blatant racism and violence make this book completely unsuitable for the modern classroom. Daniel Boone was an interesting character in US history and I would like to see a more balanced modern novel featuring his life. Of course, it wouldn't read like this one which paints him as a hero. James Daugherty sounds like he worshipped at the altar of Daniel Boone. It's pretty distracting really. This book is really just for those who are out to complete the Newbery book list. Perhaps also for those i [...]

    16. Mitchell on said:

      Newbery winning biography of the famed Daniel Boone. This is not a version for the faint of heart. It captures not just the attitudes of the Native Americans of Boone's time, but also the attitudes of the reading public in the late 1930s. From this book it was hard to say what was real and true. Clearly Daniel Boone was not a smart businessman. And didn't have all that big of a problem with killing. But the book was readable if overly flowery and not especially insightful. The copy I have is an [...]

    17. Kim on said:

      A rhapsodic, boisterous version of the life of the American frontier legend Daniel Boone.There is no denying that James Daugherty had an intense love of history, but this is a very uneven book for modern readers. The overly florid style certainly bogs things down, and the narrative includes the usual references to “Indian savages” and “demons” typical of the time when this book was published. (Which is probably why it is no longer in print.) In one chapter Daugherty shows some sympathy f [...]

    18. Ensiform on said:

      The 1940 Newbery winner, this biography of the Kentucky frontiersman is a mixture of fact and probable legend. It tells of Boone’s life in bits and pieces, from his birth in Pennsylvania to his trapping and trading and Indian-fighting in the wilderness of Kentucky. The picture Daugherty paints is of a bluff, honest, uncompromising but friendly figure. The Boone this book gives us is a family man, patriot, and resourceful hunter, and little else. He fights against the British and the Indians, i [...]

    19. P.S. Winn on said:

      Everyone has probably heard of Daniel Boone, but really you have to pick up this book and read the incredible adventure.

    20. Katie on said:

      Where do I even begin with this one? I'd been dreading reading this book, because it was an old biography, in the world of children's literature that is not a good thing. Another out-of-print Newbery winner and with good reason. It is racially charged, grumsomely graphic, and sappy. But above all those, I think that the reason this one's no longer in print is that it's boring as tar.I know, perhaps I'm not fully enjoying the experience because I'm too old or too young; I'm too modern or I've see [...]

    21. Susan on said:

      I understand that this book is a product of its time (originally published in 1939), so I'll give it a little leeway with that in mind—even if my copy is the tenth printing, from 1964, and is still unchanged. But the incredibly offensive stereotypical representations (both illustrations and textual descriptions) of Native Americans are painful for me as a modern reader, and there is nothing positive about this book that outweighs them. Sure it won a Newbery, but the competition must have been [...]

    22. Francisca Darney on said:

      I teach 8th grade US history and this book really details the struggles colonist had before, during and after the revolution. Unfortunately I found it a bit boring at times and know that students will not stay engaged and read it. For a newbwerry medal winning book I expected the book to be kids friendly.

    23. Nann on said:

      James Daugherty both wrote and illustrated this biographical novel. His artistic style is distinctive: people (and animals) are roundly-muscled, clothing is pleated and wrinkled, backgrounds are busy, attacking Indians are fierce. Daniel Boone was a heroic pioneer who played a tremendous role in the white settlement of Kentucky. He was always ready for a new opportunity – fur trapping, settling Missouri, serving in Congress -- though he was not financially successful. The endpapers are vivid D [...]

    24. Mels Mueller on said:

      I have so many conflicting feelings about this book. I’m sure that it is well written and accurate, but it really make me hate Daniel Boone. As someone of Native descent reading about how he killed Indians without any remorse made my stomach clench and gave me a bad taste in my mouth. Daniel Boone has been immortalized in pop culture to the point his name is held reverently almost to the point of George Washington and now has me rethinking everything I have ever learned about the supposed Foun [...]

    25. Ali on said:

      It's not great when your favorite part of a book is something written by someone other than the author! The excerpt from the Chief's letter to a missionary was wonderful! The majority of the book, however, I had to make myself finish. (Newbery challenge, of course.)

    26. Gene Von on said:

      After getting Donuts with Daniel Boone for the elementary students I decided to read up on Daniel Boone. I will recommend this one to the older elementary to carry on their study!

    27. Liz Urech on said:

      It's not good when you have to fact-check a biography. No wonder my library didn't have a copy.

    28. Juli Anna on said:

      Ugh, just when I thought the Newberys were getting better, this happened. This book is a mess. It goes without saying that the story of Daniel Boone is going to be filled with all kinds of problematic notions of Manifest Destiny, racism, and disgustingly unquestioning patriotism, but this was even worse than I imagined. The author neatly sums up the entire story at one point with this awful sentence: "The spirits of the forest were beaten and the white gods prevailed."But on top of the hideous, [...]

    29. Ron on said:

      My last Newbery medal winner to read and quite possibly, the worst of the lot. The writing in this book is clearly dated and I don't think I'd want my kid reading some of what is said in the book. Here's a brief passage:We pursued them until we got near the house, when we saw a squaw sitting in the door, and she placed her feet against the bow she had in her hand, and then took an arrow, and raising her feet she drew with all her might and let fly at us and she killed a man, whose name I believe [...]

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