Whatever Happened to the Pony Express? by Verla Kay

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When the Pony Express came along, it cut the time it took to send a letter across the country in half. But only a year and a half later, with the arrival of transcontinental telegraph lines, it was put right out of business.

Along with a family?s story told through crosscountry letters, Verla Kay uses her trademark short, rhythmic verse to pack in loads of information about how the Pony Express came to be and why it didn?t last. And Barry and Kim Root?s gorgeous illustrations help bring this fascinating, fleeting bit of history to new life.


About Verla Kay

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Verla Kay is the author of many acclaimed historical books for children. She lives in Tekoa, Washington. Barry and Kimberly Root live with their children in Pennsylvania. Illustrators of highly praised picture books separately, this is their first book together.
Published May 13, 2010 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In her characteristic stripped-down verse, Kay fashions the attributes and enterprise of the Pony Express, which is celebrating its sesquicentennial.

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Echoing the purposeful rhythms of a pony express rider, Kay's (Rough, Tough Charley) characteristically spare and cadenced verse sets a deliberate pace as she examines the history of information delivery in the U.S. "Letters, papers,/ ‘Must get through.'/ Lonely outpost,/ Rendezvous./ Stationma...

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