George Rogers Clark: Boy of the Northwest Frontier (Young Patriots)

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This biography details the childhood adventures of George Rogers Clark, the older brother of William Clark of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition. George was a courageous explorer and Revolutionary War hero whose bravery and leadership helped win the Battle of Vincennes, saving what would become Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin from British occupation. George’s boyhood curiosity and zest for exploration are described, including his adventures while camping, riding horses, and playing with his ...

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This biography details the childhood adventures of George Rogers Clark, the older brother of William Clark of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition. George was a courageous explorer and Revolutionary War hero whose bravery and leadership helped win the Battle of Vincennes, saving what would become Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin from British occupation. George’s boyhood curiosity and zest for exploration are described, including his adventures while camping, riding horses, and playing with his childhood friend Thomas Jefferson. Young explorers follow George into the woods, where he rescues a baby raccoon, outwits a hapless thief, saves a money bag, and hunts his first deer. Special features include a summary of Clark's adult accomplishments, fun facts detailing little-known tidbits of information about Clark, and a timeline.

Childhood of the explorer and soldier who won the Northwest Territory for the United States during the Revolutionary War.

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Volume eight in Patria Press's "Young Patriots Series" concentrates on the formative years of George Rogers Clark, who founded the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Clark went on to become a decorated Revolutionary War hero, securing the Northwest Territory from the British, making use of the backwoods knowledge and surveying skills that he acquired as a youth. His younger brother, William, served as the co-leader of the famed Lewis and Clark "Corps of Discovery" expedition. This biography gleans what scant details are available from Clark's childhood—saving a baby raccoon and presenting it to his ailing sister; foiling a horse thief's robbery attempt; rescuing two siblings from a flash flood—and recounts them in a readable, enjoyable story-like fashion. A couple of sections recall Clark's acquaintance with a young Tom Jefferson, who later became president and a driving force for United States expansion. This is a nice addition to the "Young Patriots Series," which also includes books about Amelia Earhart, James Whitcomb Riley, and Mahalia Jackson. Illustrations, a Timeline, and Fun Facts are included. 2004 (orig. 1974), Patria Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Christopher Moning
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“Hook kids on history with the Young Patriots series!” —Learning Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882859443
  • Publisher: Patria Press, Inc
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Young Patriots Series
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,455,351
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Katharine E. Wilkie was the author of five titles in the original Childhood of Famous Americans series from which the Young Patriots were derived. Her books include Mary Todd Lincoln, Simon Kenton, Will Clark, and Zack Taylor. Cathy Morrison is the illustrator of Ignacio's Chair and the Young Patriots series. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and Picturebookartists.org. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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