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Blue Skies West

Mattie Richardson

Mattie Richardson authored Blue Skies West, a horse fiction book that takes children and adults westward across new terrain to Oregon country. Indians, buffalo stampedes, bad guys, hunger, raging river crossings, disease, and death. The hardships and dangers never cease, as seen through the eyes of Blue, the family horse that dreams of green pastures ahead.

This paperback book consists of twelve chapters plus an epilogue. It also includes interesting facts about the Oregon-California Trail and the emigrants that traveled it in the Blast from the Past section at the book’s end.

Mattie Richardson also included a comprehensive bibliography at the end of Blue Skies West for any child wishing to read further on the topic of the Oregon Trail.

Blue Skies West is Mattie’s newest book in her Horses in History series, which helps children ages 8-14 see historical events in a whole new way. Through her writing, Mattie makes facts and details memorable through the horses that experience them. Other books in the series include

  • Appaloosy (features Storm, a beautiful Appaloosa horse, also heading west)
  • Dusty’s Trail (highlights the fearless horse, Dusty, with the Pony Express)
  • Golden Sunrise (teaches Cheyenne about the Alamo)
  • Day and Night (presents two horses, Day and Night, during the American Civil War)


This is part of a review of the book Blue Skies West. Read the full review on our site which includes more details about the author and her other books.

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