The tragic tale of Narcissa Whitman and a faithful history of the Oregon Trail

by Harness, Cheryl.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction j 978 HA
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  j 978 HA
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography j F880.H275 2006
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Biography
Call Number  j F880.H275 2006
Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Non-fiction 92 WHITMAN
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
Call Number  92 WHITMAN
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 979.503 Har
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 979.503 Har
Wilkinsburg Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J978 HAR HISTORY
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  J978 HAR HISTORY
When she was a young girl, Narcissa loved nothing better than to read heroic tales about brave men and women risking their lives to bring Christian ideas to "barbarians" in far-off places. In 1831, her dream of doing the same was about to come true. That's when some Indians arrived in St. Louis, Missouri, looking for the "White Man's Book of Heaven." Their quest was the answer to Narcissa's prayers: She would bring salvation to "those wandering sons of our native forests. " Narcissa married Marcus Whitman, another missionary want-to-be, and they headed West. She spent her honeymoon riding side-saddle some 2,000 miles across the vast, often perilous trail to Oregon Country--something no other white woman had ever done. Then she and Marcus lived happily ever after singing hymns and teaching the Indians about the Bible, right? Wrong! Readers will find out what really happened when East met West at the end of the real-life, legendary Oregon Trail.National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources.Visit for more information.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This offering from the Cheryl Harness Histories series for middle-graders, which includes The Adventurous Life of Myles Standish0 (2006), introduces a nineteenth-century pioneer and missionary. Born in 1808, Narcissa had a strict religious upbringing that made her dream of bringing Christianity to those who lived in far-off places. Her 1836 marriage to Marcus Whitman helped her toward her goal. The couple journeyed along the Oregon Trail to the Waiilatpu Mission, where they ministered to the Cayuse. Unfortunately, their religious zeal did not include much understanding of local culture, and the Whitmans lost their lives in a massacre. Harness' chatty, conversational style makes the pair accessible to modern readers, and frequent quotes from Narcissa's diaries and letters and a time line help to frame the story in light of world and national events. Harness' black-line illustrations, which include captioned maps, double-page-spread insets, and period-style drawings, help to break up the text for younger readers. The lack of color is unfortunate, but this is, nonetheless, a lively account that will be a good addition to history units. --Kay Weisman Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Whitman, Narcissa Prentiss, -- 1808-1847 -- Juvenile literature.
Whitman, Narcissa Prentiss, -- 1808-1847.
Women pioneers -- Oregon National Historic Trail -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Women missionaries -- Oregon National Historic Trail -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Oregon National Historic Trail -- Juvenile literature.
Overland journeys to the Pacific -- Juvenile literature.
Women pioneers -- Oregon National Historic Trail.
Women missionaries -- Oregon National Historic Trail.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Oregon National Historic Trail.
Overland journeys to the Pacific.
Oregon National Historic Trail -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Oregon Territory -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Oregon -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Oregon National Historic Trail.
Publisher Washington, D.C. :National Geographic Society,2006
Other Titles Narcissa Whitman and a faithful history of the Oregon Trail
Language English
Notes "A Cheryl Harness history"--Spine.
Description 144 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 140-141) and index.
ISBN 0792259203 (hardcover)
9780792259206 (hardcover)
0792259211 (library binding)
9780792259213 (library binding)
0792278909 (library binding)
9780792278900 (library binding)
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