Postcards from Daniel, 1755-1784: Daniel Boone Writes from the Kentucky Wilderness

Postcards from Daniel, 1755-1784: Daniel Boone Writes from the Kentucky Wilderness
Item# BB325

Book Summary

By Betty Southard Stokes
Illustrations by Emry Quinn
Wire-O binding
9 x 6 inches
80 pages
Full color throughout
ISBN 978-1-935497-89-9
Pub date: July 2014
Case Qty: 24
Children's / Education

These postcards from Daniel Boone, written from the Kentucky Wilderness, are just pretend. Postcards were not on the market during Daniel Boone's lifetime. They did not appear until 1851, after Daniel Boone had passed away.

But despite the fact that this fun and educational book may not contain true artifacts, Postcards from Daniel provides an honest recollection of Boone's thoughts and discoveries as he explored the Kentucky wilderness from 1755-1784. This collection, which is the third in a series of historical postcard books created by award-winning Kentucky educator Betty Southard Stokes, is a perfect way to teach history to children in a fun, imaginative way.

About the Author

Born in Kentucky, Betty Southard Stokes is a longtime educator with more than 36 years of experience in public and private schools as a teacher and administrator. Betty's interest in Kentucky history inspired her work as an author of children's literature. Her current books are Postcards from William, 1803–1806: William Clark writes from the Lewis & Clark Expedition; Postcards from George, 1763–1792: George Rogers Clark writes from the Kentucky wilderness; and Postcards from Daniel, 1755–1784: Daniel Boone writes from the Kentucky wilderness. Betty's efforts have been recognized by the Council of Social Studies Teachers in 1985, KET's Education Notebook in 1987, Kentucky Environmental Education Association in 1988, National Education Association in 1989, KET's Inside Kentucky in 2002, Leadership Louisville, and Kentucky Historical Society in 2010.

You are invited to visit Betty's website at

About the Illustrator

Emry Quinn is a mother of three and grandmother of one. Born in Kentucky, Emry has drawn and painted all her life. For 40+ years, she used her creative skills in the floral industry, as a book and greeting card illustrator, and at a local day care. All her spare time is devoted to creating in various forms. Emry loves to draw, paint, laugh, and visit a spell.


"Famous frontiersman Daniel Boone wouldn't have intended his postcards home from the wilderness to teach young and old about American history and life in pioneer Kentucky, but they do — that is if he had written them.

Boone didn't, but retired educator Betty Stokes has written them for him. With Postcards from Daniel, 1755-1784: Daniel Boone writes from the Kentucky Wilderness, Betty has written yet another history lesson with a Kentucky focus for young readers (and adults too!).

Writing as if Daniel himself were sending postcards to family, the reader learns about Boone's life, wilderness adventures, relationships with area American Indians, and settling pioneer Kentucky.

Combined with Emry Quinn's colorful illustrations depicting scenes from Boone's life, Postcards from Daniel is a wonderful way to teach history in an engaging and easy manner.

Not to be forgotten are Betty's two earlier postcard books; Postcards from George and Postcards from William chronicle the adventures of the famous Clark brothers in frontier Kentucky (George) and on the Lewis and Clark Expedition (William). They too are educational and engaging and an excellent way to make learning history easy and enjoyable. All three titles should be on young Kentuckians' book shelves."

Jim Holmberg, Filson Historical Society

You may also be interested in:

Postcards from George: 1763–1781
George Rogers Clark Writes to Virginia from the Kentucky Wilderness

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