Jeannie and her immigrant friend, Helga, from Germany, the boys, Henry and Billy Joe, and all their friends face exciting, daily "true-life" adventures on the West Texas frontier of the l880s. The girls develop a friendship with a Comanche Indian family and they learn skills and crafts of another culture. Swimming, horse-back riding, confronting a mountain lion, cooking, sewing, fishing for catfish, attending a birthday-party barn dance, and being characters in a Christmas program are some of their many adventures. The whims of nature create problems for them, and each day is a learning experience for all, as they continue to develop their abiding faith and cope with difficulties of frontier living. Jeannie dreams of a "some-day" horse ranch of her own, while there is a subtle rivalry between herself and Slim, a ranch foreman on Helga's step-father's ranch, concerning the best method for training horses. Each chapter begins and ends with an adventure and a learning experience for the characters. Can be used as a "read-aloud" to younger children and as a historical book report in school for older children due to the authentic facts of daily frontier life as recorded in the chapters.
The review of this Book prepared by Evelyn Horan