Nancy Plain, Mondo Publishing, $8, Softcover.
Nancy Plain, Mondo Publishing, $8, Softcover.

Ages 6-13: Although born into a well-to-do Missouri mining family, Charles Russell (1864-1926) wanted to live the Western dream. At 16, he dropped out of school and headed to Montana. He simultaneously worked on the range and illustrated dynamic details of the last days of the American frontier, especially its cattle ranching, wildlife and Indians. Russell’s story is illustrated with noteworthy paintings from each stage of his life. This well-written biography demonstrates Mondo’s commitment to quality writing, readability and beautiful design, enticing to parents as well as children.

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