Publisher description for The tragic tale of Narcissa Whitman and a faithful history of the Oregon Trail / written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness.


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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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Whitman, Narcissa Prentiss, -- 1808-1847 -- Juvenile literature.
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.
Oregon National Historic Trail -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Overland journeys to the Pacific -- Juvenile literature.
Oregon -- History -- To 1859 -- Juvenile literature.
Oregon -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.