This title is suitable for ages 7 to 9 years. In the tradition of Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed, and Paul Bunyan, Buddy Boy Brooks sails in as a new folk hero to children and parents alike. Born with a full-grown beard and an indomitable spirit, Buddy enters the world destined to be a riverboat captain. By the age of three, Buddy has charmed all the four-legged critters living in the swampy bayou. His dreams come true faster than anyone imagines when eight-year-old Buddy meets four old riverboat captains and accepts a challenge that will change his life. Join Buddy Boy Brooks as he navigates his way down the mighty Mississippi and into American history.