The Story of a Pioneer Girl
Dorothy Kupcha Leland, Illustrations by Diane Wilde
In 1858, twelve-year-old Sallie Fox and her family leave Iowa in a wagon train, dreaming of California. They follow the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico, and then strike out due west across the bleak desert. Suddenly Indians attack the pioneers, driving off their cattle and oxen. One hundred people—many sick and injured—become stranded in the searing summer heat, five hundred miles from civilization. Yet, through grit, determination and luck, Sallie and the others survive to reach California, though not without paying a heavy price.
This lightly fictionalized account of a true story, drawn from diaries, memoirs, letters, and many other historical sources, offers a child’s-eye view of life on the Santa Fe Trail and Arizona’s Beale Wagon Road. Most of all, it tells the heartwarming story of a plucky pioneer girl who learns that through courage and the love of her family, she can overcome any adversity.
“An exciting, well-paced story...”
~School Library Journal
128 pages, 5-3/8" x 8-3/8", full-color cover, map, 5 photographs, 15 illustrations, 1995.Published by Tomato Enterprises. ISBN 0-9617357-6-7 trade paper
Get Out In Nature Sale
These are trying times for all of us! But this offers excellent opportunities to get out and enjoy nature!
Sitting at home and worrying is hard. So use this opportunity to get out and recreate and exercise in the open spaces near you and plan future trips to farther away places.
To encourage you to do that, we are offering 15% off our nature guides and all our hiking, biking, and climbing guides. All our recreation maps are 10% off. So take this limited-time opportunity to stock up from Bored Feet Press!
Note: our shopping cart calculates the sale prices. Regular prices are listed throughout the rest of the site.
“...a heart-pounding saga of a 12-year-old girl’s journey west in a covered wagon . . . Leland has a knack for relating history from a child’s point of view.”
“This extraordinary author has done her research well through diaries, memoirs and letters to keep the story authentic while sensitively taking you full-tilt in the life of this real pioneer girl.” ~News from the Plains, Journal of the Oregon-California Trail Association