Teachers, doctors, explorers, artists -- each contributed in his own way to the growth of our country. Dorothy Heiderstadt has chosen twenty-one men of varied careers, and temperaments to show that ""culture came West along with the guns"". Among the men are Johnny Appleseed, John James Audubon, William Holmes McGuffey, Brigham Young, and William Worrall May. There is little written for children about many of the men, and the addition of these biographies to pioneer literature is a welcome one. The sketches, however, for the most part well-written, lapse occasionally into paragraphs full of dull summation -- a hazzard of attempting to give full life accounts of so many men in so little space.