Friday, May 3, 2013

Review: Daniel Boone: Frontiersman by Janet Benge & Geoff Benge

Daniel Boone: FrontiersmanTitle: Daniel Boone: Frontiersman
Author: Janet Benge & Geoff Benge
Publisher:  Emerald Books
Release Dates: March 1, 2004
Pages: 215, Paperback
Lexile Measure: Not Available
Age Range: 8+
Goodreads Rating: 3.75 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary from Goodreads: "Children and adults alike love the popular Christian Heroes: Then & Now series. Now Christian Heroes authors Janet and Geoff Benge tell the stories of Heroes of History with the same engaging narrative style and historical depth This new series brings the shaping of history to life with the remarkable true stories of fascinating men and women who changed the course of history. Legendary American frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734-1820) blazed the famous Wilderness Road and is still revered for his courage and determination.


We read this book as part of our homeschool curriculum and I absolutely love letting the kids learn about history through literature. It makes it all seem so much more real to them.  This book was a fantastic way for the kids to learn about frontier life. 

One thing that I especially loved about this book was the portrayal of the settlers' relationships with the Indians.  You could see the struggle on both sides and there were no easy answers (no absolute rights or wrongs) given. Sometimes the Indians' actions were portrayed positively and sometimes negatively - but the same went for the white men. Of course, the story was written mostly from the settlers' perspective, but you often saw the positive aspects of the Indians, just as Daniel Boone did in his lifetime.  I think the book gave a realistic view of what it was like to live in those times in the frontier and the story was told in an exciting way, which kept my kids very interested!  5/5 stars

Just as a note - we also read Daniel Boone: Young Hunter and Tracker by Augusta Stevenson to go along with Frontiersman.  This book focused more on Daniel's childhood and was also an excellent read!

Check out other books that we've used in our homeschooling on my GoodReads Homeschool list.


  1. I always love reading historical books, and I am glad there are good kid's history books out there. This sounds pretty good!

    1. Yes, I think this is the best way for kids to learn history!!

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