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Millie Cooper's Ride: A True Story from History [Hardcover]

Marc Simmons , Ronald Kil

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Book Description

Aug. 5 2002 Children of the West

Based on historical fact, this exciting tale is set on the Missouri frontier during the War of 1812. Millie's family and the other families living at Fort Cooper face certain defeat when they are besieged by a coalition of Indian nations allied to the British. Millie, who is only twelve years old, volunteers to ride to nearby Fort Hempstead for reinforcements. Her desperate journey turns the tide of battle.

Harrowing events, dramatic dialogue, and an unlikely heroine bring this fast-paced story to life. Ronald Kil's detailed illustrations add to the authenticity of an action-packed story that teaches the responsibility of everyone, even the youngest citizens, to the larger community.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press (Aug. 5 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082632925X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826329257
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 22.5 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,038,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


"We hear complaints from many people that there are not enough fur trade sories for young children, especially girls. . . Dr. Simmons' exciting telling of this incident during the War of 1812 is a pleasant antidote to that criticism. Intended for kids from five to eleven, it's exciting, full of Ron Kil's bright, action-filled pictures, and has a great message of bravery, sacrifice, and patriotism for youngsters. Best of all, it's true."

From the Publisher

During the War of 1812 a courageous young girl volunteers to ride through an Indian war party to rally a relief force at a neighboring fort. An exciting story, beautifully illustrated.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish there were books like this when I was a kid. Jan. 13 2008
By Dr. Joan E. Aitken - Published on Amazon.com
This War of 1812 story about the Missouri frontier might offer an interesting stimulus for studying history, talking about courage, examining the differences of times, and teaching Missouri history. The British and Indian nations attack Fort Cooper, where Millie and other families are staying. Twelve-year old Millie ride to Fort Hempstead to find help. Students should enjoy and learn from this reality-based, interesting story, with hand-drawn pictures.
5.0 out of 5 stars will be a family heirloom Feb. 8 2014
By elsa creed - Published on Amazon.com
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Christmas present for grand daughter as Millie Cooper is her great grandmother..x 6 .wonderful book ! something she will keep forever...plus a great lead into getting interested in history
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, educational, well-written Nov. 13 2011
By kalanamak - Published on Amazon.com
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I especially appreciate how the art is done to reassure a child listening to the story of 300 people who all thought they were about to die. I also like that the Indian tribes are named, some siding with the British and some not, rather than a homogeneous "bad guy".

We used this book for homeschooling on the War of 1812. There is a discussion on every page, from why people would like near a "lick" (and why it would called a lick), how a hollow cow's horn projects sound, to how one could wear nettles.

I got the hint the writer might be one of those conservatives who believes settlers of the American west were somehow more clean and morally upright than modern city-dwellers, but one is not clonked over the head with it, and I believe kiddo missed it entirely.

A big thumbs up!
5.0 out of 5 stars History made interesting March 20 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Millie was an ancestor of mine and the story is as factual as any of the family histories have led us to believe. She was a brave child, but true to the heritage of the times. Great book for children, teens, or anyone that may want a brief history of Central Missouri in early times of settlement.

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