(Critical Edition of Young Adult Fiction)

In a fictitious letter to Boone at the beginning of his book, Daugherty demonstrates the deep understanding that he has of his subject, including all the triumphs and tragedies that were an integral part of Boone’s life. Daugherty reveals that he has retraced the paths of Boone and that he found the journey to be an awe-inspiring one. His admiration for Boone is clearly stated in this letter and is also evident in the regular text, which has been executed in a magnificent writing style with accompanying illustrations. Despite the author’s opinion, however, the text is a realistic portrayal of Boone’s contributions to his country. Daugherty has elected to write about Boone’s life from beginning to end so that a picture is painted of the accomplishments, frailties, and adaptability of this historical figure. Daugherty shows how the warm family relationship experienced by Boone in his early years influenced the kind of man that he became. Throughout the book, examples are provided that reveal Boone’s humanity and honesty.

A number of important historical personages are introduced in Daniel Boone because of the intertwining of their own lives with that of the subject, and Daugherty makes clear the contributions of these individuals to their nation as well. Two of these figures were General Braddock and Colonel Washington. The author provides insight into these two leaders, and he argues that Braddock’s errors in judgment led to his death in the French and Indian War.


(The entire section is 620 words.)