Whatever Happened to the Pony Express?

Whatever Happened to the Pony Express? Cover

Whatever Happened to the Pony Express?

By Verla Kay; Barry Root (Illustrator); Kimberly Bulcken Root (Illustrator)

G. P. Putnam's Sons, Hardcover, 9780399244834, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 13, 2010

When the Pony Express came along, it cut the time it took to send a letter across the country in half. But only a year and a half later, with the arrival of transcontinental telegraph lines, it was put right out of business.

Along with a family's story told through crosscountry letters, Verla Kay uses her trademark short, rhythmic verse to pack in loads of information about how the Pony Express came to be and why it didn't last. And Barry and Kim Root's gorgeous illustrations help bring this fascinating, fleeting bit of history to new life.

About the Author
Verla Kay (www.verlakay.com) lives in Soulsbyville, California.

Barry Root is the illustrator of many books for children, including "Gumbrella, " which he also wrote; "Dream Big"; "By My Brother s Side"; and "Game Day", which received a Christopher Award in the category of books for young people. He lives with his family in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Kimberly Bulcken Root has illustrated over fifteen books for children, most recently, "Birdie's Lighthouse". She and her husband, illustrator Barry Root, live with their children in Quarryfield, Pennsylvania.