Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Shadow and Friends Celebrate Ellsworth, KS 150th Birthday is an historical adventure storybook for children written by S. Jackson, A. Raymond and M. Schmidt. Shadow, Max and all the other animals who lived in and around Ellsworth, Kansas were understandably excited about the town’s upcoming festivities. Ellsworth was celebrating its 150th birthday! This was a big event for a small town, but Ellsworth actually had quite a rich and illustrious history. It was originally known as Fort Ellsworth and was situated on the border of the frontier in 1864. The Fort would later be renamed as Fort Harker and then Ellsworth City. A railroad was built nearby, and slowly the town grew bigger and bigger. Cowboys flocked to Ellsworth and helped it earn a reputation as the “Wickedest cow town in Kansas!”
S. Jackson, A. Raymond and M. Schmidt’s historical adventure storybook for children, Shadow and Friends Celebrate Ellsworth, KS 150th Birthday, is an entertaining and educational book that examines the rich history of the town as seen through the eyes of the animals who live there. The illustrations are fun and help recreate the town from its beginnings as a fort to its current state where old West reenactments are offered once a year for all to enjoy. The authors worked with the Ellsworth County Historical Society in creating this book, and the knowledge imparted will thrill both children and any adult caregivers who are lucky enough to read this during storytime. It’s also written in language that is basic enough to allow it to be used as a primer for young readers. Shadow and Friends Celebrate Ellsworth, KS 150th Birthday is most highly recommended.