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Mary Breckinridge was a well born young woman who might have lived out an uneventful life as a wife and mother Instead, after suffering tremendous personal losses, she became a nurse, serving first in France in World War I, and later founding the Frontier Nursing Service, bringing much needed health care into the isolated Appalachian Mountains This short book, based on true accounts, tells the stories of three families whose lives were forever changed thanks to Mary This would be a wonderful Mary Breckinridge was a well born young woman who might have lived out an uneventful life as a wife and mother Instead, after suffering tremendous personal losses, she became a nurse, serving first in France in World War I, and later founding the Frontier Nursing Service, bringing much needed health care into the isolated Appalachian Mountains This short book, based on true accounts, tells the stories of three families whose lives were forever changed thanks to Mary This would be a wonderful introductory book for a report on a remarkable woman, or a lesson on compassion and how one person can truly change the world Great introduction for preschoolers to harder conditions and lack of medical care My 6 year old now wants to be a nurse and travel around starting hospitals in the mountains. Three stories illuminate Mary Breckridge and her ministry through the stories of people she served I found it helpful that the stories are told by both male and female characters and include lots of children An excellent afterword gives a brief biography Historical biographical stories are valuable for young children in exemplifying the character we are seeking for them to develop These stories in particular are helpful in creating a sense of gratitude Two cautions 1 Austere living condi Three stories illuminate Mary Breckridge and her ministry through the stories of people she served I found it helpful that the stories are told by both male and female characters and include lots of children An excellent afterword gives a brief biography Historical biographical stories are valuable for young children in exemplifying the character we are seeking for them to develop These stories in particular are helpful in creating a sense of gratitude Two cautions 1 Austere living conditions and issues of life and death may be a bit much for sensitive children At 53 pages, it s not a long read for teachers to preview.2 While there is a Christian perspective to this work, and we see Christianity lived out through Mary s action, this is not a preachy book That is a general advantage However, in Chapter 3 Ireland of Scotland, a father and mother have an argument in which the father misuses faith God will protect us to avoid something of which he is afraid needles immunizations Children could probably benefit from either some edited reading or explanation I couldn t resist buying this book at a gift shop at a coal mining town As it s a short read, I consumed it on the ride home.This book reminded me of Catherine Marshall s Christy, as both were about people who came to work with the impoverished people in Appalachia Christy was a school teacher Mary Breckinridge was a nurse who started the Frontier Nursing Service Mary came into situations where there were no medical supplies or training, and saved as many lives as she could These short st I couldn t resist buying this book at a gift shop at a coal mining town As it s a short read, I consumed it on the ride home.This book reminded me of Catherine Marshall s Christy, as both were about people who came to work with the impoverished people in Appalachia Christy was a school teacher Mary Breckinridge was a nurse who started the Frontier Nursing Service Mary came into situations where there were no medical supplies or training, and saved as many lives as she could These short stories were heart warming and well told, but as in her real life, not everyone survived.Mary herself turned her own grief at losing two children, and two husbands into fuel for the compassionate work that she did.I am going to guess that Breckinridge County was named for her or for her family I read this in about an hour A little too intense for my 7 year old daughter right now Would love to read it with her when she is a few years older, maybe age 10 Includes stories about parents, babies dying and being sick Very inspiring stories of courageous women, young and old. We read this book for history class and my 5 6 year old was amazingly interested Great story even for adults .Read Ebook ♥ Mary On Horseback: Three Mountain Stories ♙ Master storyteller Rosemary Wells tells the incredible true story of a World War I nurse who brought medical care to the AppalachiansMary Breckinridge, trained as a nurse during World War I, rode on horseback into the isolated mountains of Appalachia and never looked back Instead, she spent her life fording icy streams and climbing untracked mountains to bring medical help to those in need More nurses on horseback joined Mary and the Frontier Nursing Service was born Mary s story is amazing And it is true Wells s realistic yet poetic prose perfectly captures the dichotomy of the majestic beauty of Appalachia and the harsh realities of mountain life This one s a gem School Library Journal A very simple series of three vignettes In 1920s Appalachia, there was only folk medicine available to care for those inflicted with heinous injuries or epidemic disease Into this maelstrom of illness rode Mary, a determined nurse, with big plans to bring vaccines, nurses, and a hospital to the area. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This tells three stories about Mary Breckinridge s nursing services to the family of Appalachia during the early twentieth century I bought the book a long time ago, but when I flipped through it I immediately realized it was too graphic to read my young son I have waited until now to read it to him Some of the most graphic A man gets his leg crushed in the first story A mother dies in childbirth during the last story and her older daughter won t talk afterwards My son wondered why she wo This tells three stories about Mary Breckinridge s nursing services to the family of Appalachia during the early twentieth century I bought the book a long time ago, but when I flipped through it I immediately realized it was too graphic to read my young son I have waited until now to read it to him Some of the most graphic A man gets his leg crushed in the first story A mother dies in childbirth during the last story and her older daughter won t talk afterwards My son wondered why she wouldn t talk Miscellaneous talk about children dying, diseases, fever, needles, vaccines and so on So not for sensitive children The book is VERY slim, even though it is a chapter book It takes less than an hour to read.Editted to add Somebody else mentioned in a review about the Christian slant Honestly I don t think there is a Christian slant at all I don t think anything is mentioned of Mary Breckinridge s religious affiliations I think one Appalachian man talks very briefly about putting faith in God but honestly, what do we expect him to say What an inspiring story I don t remember hearing about Mary Breckinridge before, but this is a great introduction to her work, written in three short stories that also help give children a picture of what this time period and region were like.After losing two husbands and two children, Mary Breckinridge could have given in to despair, but instead she gave her skills and her life to help others, the poorest of the poor Whether she is saving a father s leg from amputation, inoculating children What an inspiring story I don t remember hearing about Mary Breckinridge before, but this is a great introduction to her work, written in three short stories that also help give children a picture of what this time period and region were like.After losing two husbands and two children, Mary Breckinridge could have given in to despair, but instead she gave her skills and her life to help others, the poorest of the poor Whether she is saving a father s leg from amputation, inoculating children against deadly diseases, or delivering and caring for babies, Breckinridge and her team of frontier nurses served the people in the Appalachian region and helped them in ways no one else would or could