Ancient Mounds of Watson Brake: Oldest Earthworks in North America

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Reca Jones discovered the oldest earthworks in the Western Hemisphere near her home near Monroe, Louisiana. In these eleven mounds at Watson Brake, she found round beads and fire-cracked rocks. This fictional picture book follows two children as they learn about this real-life discovery from Reca herself.

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Overview

Reca Jones discovered the oldest earthworks in the Western Hemisphere near her home near Monroe, Louisiana. In these eleven mounds at Watson Brake, she found round beads and fire-cracked rocks. This fictional picture book follows two children as they learn about this real-life discovery from Reca herself.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Reca Jones is a real person, and this story is hung on the fictional framework of her grandchildren's visit to Watson Brake, LA. Moore recounts the woman's personal history with this prehistoric oval of man-built mounds strung together with raised ridges. An amateur archaeologist, Jones was the first to recognize these early earthworks for what they were, a decision approved relatively recently by American archaeological experts. The artwork is colorful but the people are awkwardly rendered as Anderson depicts Jones showing her grandchildren artifacts found at the site and speculates on the lives and technologies of those who created the mounds. There is no map to pinpoint the Brake's location, and no photos of the actual site (despite a heavy overgrowth of vegetation, there are photos to be found on the Internet). Also sorely lacking is a diagram to allow clear visualization of this complex that predates the more spectacular pyramids of Egypt. An author's note gives additional information on Jones and the Brake, but the lack of maps, photos and diagrams, or websites leaves this interesting topic more useful to history classes in Louisiana than to the broader audience it might have commanded.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY creamy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589806566
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/19/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Couvillon and Elizabeth Moore are both Louisiana natives who reside in Covington and graduated from Newcomb College in New Orleans. Together they wrote the Pelican titles Mimiís First Mardi Gras, Mimi and Jean-Paulís Cajun Mardi Gras, and Louisiana Indian Tales.

Alice Couvillon and Elizabeth Moore are both Louisiana natives who reside in Covington and graduated from Newcomb College in New Orleans.

Award-winning illustrator Rick Anderson is also the illustrator of Pelican's Racecar Driver's Night Before Christmas and Christmas Stories from the South's Best Writers. He frequently speaks at children's book festivals and conducts such workshops as "The Positive Role the Arts Play in No Child Left Behind." After receiving a degree in art education from Delta State University, Anderson taught the subject for twenty-five years. He resides in Clinton, Mississippi.

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