Down the Colorado: John Wesley Powell, the One-Armed Explorerby Deborah Kogan Ray
Although John Wesley Powell's minister father always wanted his son to follow in his footsteps, young Wes had different plans for his future. Enraptured by the wonders of the natural world, he was determined to take the path of science. Even after losing his right arm below the elbow in battle during the Civil War, Wes would not be deterred from his dream of… See more details below
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Although John Wesley Powell's minister father always wanted his son to follow in his footsteps, young Wes had different plans for his future. Enraptured by the wonders of the natural world, he was determined to take the path of science. Even after losing his right arm below the elbow in battle during the Civil War, Wes would not be deterred from his dream of leading the first scientific expedition down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon. Braving treacherous rapids and perilous waterfalls, Major Powell would surpass all expectations and return home a national hero.
With breathtaking illustrations and excerpts from Powell's own journals, Deborah Kogan Ray brings to vivid life the exploits and explorations of one of America's greatest conservationists.
Down the Colorado is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Dramatic, full-color paintings draw readers into this sweeping tale of an amazing explorer. Powell had a vision and managed to carry it out despite daunting challenges. Engaging, two-page chapters describe his boyhood in Ohio and the taunting he received because of his father's abolitionist views; his desire to pursue a career in science despite his father's expectations that he enter the ministry; his loss of an arm while serving as a Union soldier in the Civil War; and the realization of his dream of becoming a naturalist. Life continued to be demanding as he set forth to chart rough, new territories in the unexplored canyon lands of the Colorado River. As he and his crew encountered numerous difficulties, the mapping excursion turned into a struggle for survival, and the book becomes an exciting, page-turning adventure. Back matter includes a map of the area, an in-depth time line of the expedition, a summary of Powell's career, an author's note providing more information about him, and a chronology of his life. Done in watercolor and gouache, the single- and double-page illustrations are rendered in rich hues with colored-pencil detailing. They capture the wild beauty of canyon country and the thrill of the action. A welcome addition to biography collections.
Judy ChichinskiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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