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Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark

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In 1804 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were sent by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the largely uncharted western territory of North America, and thus became critical figures in America’s expansion and major contributors to its scientific scholarship. They observed and documented scores of animals, including the Great Plains wolf, mule deer, prairie dogs, grizzly bears, and salmon. Several species and subspecies of mammals, birds, and fish previously unknown to science were recorded for the first time; ...

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Overview

In 1804 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were sent by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the largely uncharted western territory of North America, and thus became critical figures in America’s expansion and major contributors to its scientific scholarship. They observed and documented scores of animals, including the Great Plains wolf, mule deer, prairie dogs, grizzly bears, and salmon. Several species and subspecies of mammals, birds, and fish previously unknown to science were recorded for the first time; the information gathered would serve as the basis of scientific study for years to come.
Collected here are stunning photographs by William Munoz that catalog the diverse array of wildlife witnessed by Lewis and Clark. Nature lovers and history buffs alike will be intrigued by this unusual account of the journey, whose bicentennial will soon be celebrated. Route maps, suggestions for further reading, chronology of animals sighted, index.

Retraces the Lewis and Clark journey and blends their observations of previously unknown animals with modern information about those same animals.

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This competent and attractive title presents a unique approach to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. . . . Munoz's fine photographic work in full color is featured on almost every page, making this an inviting introduction to the expedition, or to learn about the rich contribution made, particularly by Lewis, to the identification and description of western North American prodigious wildlife.
School Library Journal

"spacious page layouts, beautiful illustrations, and well-written...The Lewis and Clark expedition has already inspired a number of books, but few as handsome as this one." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

Patent's dispassionate approach allows her to point out omissions (such as Lewis and Clark's failure to give a physical description of the coyote), sloppy documentation (the confusion of the grizzly bear's multiple names, for example), and strenghts (the scope and volume of the data gathered) without appearing either to debunk or adulate. Horn Book

Children's Literature
In chapter format, Patent narrates the journey of Lewis and Clark by focusing on the animals they encountered on their expedition. Patent notes that many were known by reports of other travelers such as trappers, and all were of course familiar to the Native Americans living on the prairie and in the mountains. Since President Jefferson had asked the two to keep journals, Lewis was to concentrate on the natural history, while Clark was to map the journey. Jefferson had an abiding interest in both and the expedition named its natural findings as it went, sometimes relying on similarity to species known east of the Mississippi, and sometimes relying on what they understood the Native Americans to call an animal. By hooking the reader interest to the natural world, Patent propels our interest even as she imparts plenty of historical knowledge of the journey. At slightly over a hundred pages and with color photographs (most by Munoz) of animals and contemporary views of the land traveled, plus some archival material and maps, this book looks fresh and more appealing than Rhoda Blumberg's, nonetheless excellent, The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark (Lothrop, 1987). The backmatter includes a fascinating afterword about what happened to the specimens collected, a list of sources and websites, a chronology of the 121 animal discoveries new to science, and an index. It's Patent at her best and well-served by Munoz's photo research and layout. 2002, Clarion,
— Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-This competent and attractive title presents a unique approach to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which is receiving much publishing attention as its bicentennial approaches. Patent encapsulates the journey of the Corps of Discovery while focusing on the major wildlife species that the voyagers encountered. The buffalo, prairie wolf, coyote, and grizzly are given extensive treatment, and the prairie dog, antelope, mule deer, and several bird species are discussed. Mu-oz's fine photographic work in full color is featured on almost every page, making this an inviting introduction to the expedition, or to learn about the rich contribution made, particularly by Lewis, to the identification and description of western North America's prodigious wildlife. The "To Learn More" section includes seminal sources and Web sites, and the "Chronology of Animal Discoveries New to Science" provides many possibilities for curriculum development or enthusiastic young naturalists.-Nancy Collins-Warner, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In their historic journey across the Western US in 1804-06, explorers Lewis and Clark encountered and described 121 new species and subspecies of vertebrate animals, including birds, bears, deer, snakes, prairie dogs, coyotes, fish, and wolves. Patent reconstructs the expedition from its beginning in St. Louis, Missouri, to Camp Disappointment, Washington, and back again, using quotes from the journals and from the pair themselves to describe animals encountered along the way. Unfortunately, neither Lewis nor Clark was a trained naturalist and the observations lack a certain spark. For example: "I saw a black woodpecker (or crow) today, about the size of the lark woodpecker as black as a crow. I endeavored to get a shot at it but could not. It is a distinct species of woodpecker; it has a long tail and flies a good deal like the jay bird." Fortunately, Patent's (Saving the Prairie Bandit, not reviewed, etc.) own easy approach to the subject helps to draw the reader in providing a running commentary on the mistakes and successes of the team. Muñoz (Horses, not reviewed, etc.) adds photographs of the prairie, mountains, rivers, and some of the animals still to be found along the trail. The photographs are clear and colorful, helping to add accessibility. Patent provides two maps, further reading, and a chronology of all the animals discovered. This title is one of three about the Lewis & Clark expedition planned by the Patent and Muñoz team. Others are tentatively titled The Lewis and Clark Trail: Then and Now and Plants on the Trail with Lewis and Clark. Pair with Rhoda Blumberg's The Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark for a fuller picture of the journey. (Nonfiction. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395914151
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/15/2002
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

William Munoz has an avid interest in ecology and the environment and has taken the photographs for a number of books written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Mr. Munoz lives in Hamilton, Montana.

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the recipient of the Washington Post— Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work, which includes more than 130 books for children and young adults on subjects ranging from biodiversity to the spirit bear. She lives with her husband in Missoula, Montana. You can learn more about her on her web site: www.dorothyhinshawpatent.com.

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