Montana for Kids: The Story of Our State — By Allen Morris Jones

Montana for Kids: The Story of our State
Have you ever thought about all the things that might have happened in a place before you arrived?

Montana’s been around for a long time, and it has all sorts of interesting tales to tell. There are stories about the first peoples and how horses came to the region, stories about bison and vigilantes and how Lewis and Clark explored the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. There are some really good yarns about mountain men and gold miners striking it rich, and even some stories about copper kings and railroad barons.

With 24 illustrations created by the author, Montana for Kids puts all these stories together in one accessible, compelling package. No matter how old you are, it’s the perfect introduction to the Treasure State.

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Book Information

Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5
Price: $12.95 Paperback, $19.95 Hardcover, $9.99 Ebook
Release Date: October 30, 2018

About Allen Morris Jones

Allen M. JonesAuthor of three acclaimed novels, Last Year’s River, A Bloom of Bones, and Sweeney on the Rocks, co-editor with William Kittredge of The Best of Montana’s Short Fiction, and the author of more than one hundred published short stories, articles, essays, and poems, during his twenty-year career in publishing Allen Morris Jones has worked as Editor of Big Sky Journal, as acquisitions editor for the Lyons Press, as a consultant, communications director, and publisher. He has appeared on the Jim Lehrer NewsHour as a guest essayist, lectured to the Outdoor Writer’s Association of America, and seen rave reviews of his work appear on “The Today Show” and in Kirkus Reviews, the LA Times, People Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and many others. He lives in Montana with his wife and young son.

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Praise for Previous Work

A Quiet Place of Violence

“I know of no recent book that explores the hunter’s ethic with more probity, more satisfying anecdote, more visceral wisdom than A Quiet Place of Violence.”
— Nick Lyons

“A rich, complex work that deserves an enduring place on the bookshelf right next to Ortega y Gasset.”
— E. Donnall Thomas, Jr.

Last Year’s River

“…deserves a wide and admiring readership.”
— Thomas McGuane

“As clean as wind and water and stone.”
— Rick Bass

A Bloom of Bones

“Jones rides … into the hard country populated by the best of Western writers.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Jones’s novel seems to have emerged from an older, more elemental world, a mythic, almost biblical place where it’s taken for granted that the sins of the fathers will be visited on the sons.”
— Library Journal

Sweeney on the Rocks

“With prose as cool and shimmering as the ice in a wiseguy’s heart, Sweeney on the Rocks belongs with the best of literary crime fiction.”
— Gwen Florio

“I loved every page and was sorry when it ended.”
— Mark Sullivan


This is Montana

It’s a pretty awesome state. It’s kind of a rectangle, but with a cool little squiggly line along the western edge.

We have a bunch of mountain ranges, mostly in the west, and open plains, mostly in the east. We have three major river systems and two national parks. We also have a Continental Divide, which means that the water in the western part of the state flows west and the water in the eastern part flows east.

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you either live here or are visiting or are planning a visit. Or maybe you’re just curious.

In any case, I’m betting that we’re on the same page, awesome-state wise.

Montana: Pre-You

If you already know a bit about Montana, you know that there are all sorts of things to see and do here. You can ski and hike, hunt and fish, camp and float. Or you can just take a drive with the grown-ups.

People who live in Montana have all sorts of different jobs. They’re ranchers and farmers, doctors and nurses, engineers and teachers. When they’re not working, chances are they like to ski or hike or fish or camp or float.

It’s all pretty cool. But the thing is, you can’t really understand what a place is all about until you know what happened before you arrived.

That’s what history really is. It’s the story of a place before you came onto the scene.

And that’s what this book is for: to tell you just a little bit about Montana, pre-you.

First Peoples

The story of Montana begins with the first peoples.

For thousands of years before the rest of the world even knew a place like Montana existed, the area was inhabited by tribes of native peoples. Some of the tribes in Eastern Montana had names like the Cheyenne, Crow, Blackfeet, Assiniboine, Gros Ventre, Cree, and Chippewa. Other tribes with names like the Shoshone, Kootenai, Salish, and Pend d’Oreille lived in Western Montana.

Each tribe had its own language, belief system, and tribal leaders. The tribes had their own names for themselves, too. The Crow called themselves the Apsáalooke, for instance, while the Blackfeet called themselves the Niitsitapi.

When immigrants arrived, they also brought new diseases with them. Between conflicts with the newcomers and disease, some of the tribes nearly disappeared. Some did disappear. It’s one of the saddest stories you’ll ever read.

Today, the languages and traditions of the remaining tribes continue on, kept alive by the heroes of their people.