Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale

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A dog's account of one of the most extraordinary expeditions of all time.

"Dog and man can fit together like no others do. Lewis and I had that fit....

How did we get that close? I think the wilderness had something to do with it. Lewis and I would have been close anywhere, but the wilderness brought out the best in both of us. We were made for that territory."

In 1803, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set ...

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A dog's account of one of the most extraordinary expeditions of all time.

"Dog and man can fit together like no others do. Lewis and I had that fit....

How did we get that close? I think the wilderness had something to do with it. Lewis and I would have been close anywhere, but the wilderness brought out the best in both of us. We were made for that territory."

In 1803, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set off on a journey to explore the vast territory of the United States west of the Mississippi River. Accompanying Lewis and Clark and their team of explorers through this uncharted wilderness was Lewis' dog Seaman.

Lewis and Clark and Me is Seaman's story. From his first meeting with Lewis, to being mistaken for a bear by Indians who had never seen such a large dog, to his encounters with wild animals both familiar and unfamiliar, Seaman's tales are filled with the joys of companionship and the tingling excitement of adventure.

Seaman's stories are based information provided in the explorers' journals. The book include many of these direct quotes from the original text as well as a detailed map showing the highlights of this amazing expedition.

Seaman, Meriwether Lewis's Newfoundland dog, describes Lewis and Clark's expedition, which he accompanied from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean.

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A 2004-2005 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List selection
An IRA Teachers' Choice for 2003

International Reading Association Teacher’s Choice List 2003

International Reading Association Parent’s Choice List 2003

Michigan Great Lakes’ Children’s Book Award - Honor Book

Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award Master List

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Master List

Arizona Young Readers’ Award Master List

Oregon’s Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Master List 

West Virginia Children's Book Award Master List  

Florida Sunshine State Young Reader Award Master List

Nevada Young Readers Award Master List  

Texas Christian Schools Association-Children’s Crown Award Master List

Publishers Weekly
Meriwether Lewis's dog Seaman serves as narrator for a fictionalized account of Lewis and William Clark's 1803-1806 journey from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean in Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale by Laurie Myers, illus. by Michael Dooling. Excerpts from Lewis's journals close each chapter, supplying the historical basis for the dog's adventures. Handsome silhouettes ornament the chapter openers, while numerous oil paintings enliven the pages. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Seaman, a highly intelligent and sensitive dog that accompanied the Corps of Discovery, introduces youngsters to this exciting epic of United States history. The chapters are based on accounts in Lewis's journals, from which a relevant quote closes each fictional episode. The focus is on the canine's encounters with other animals: squirrels, bear, buffalo, beaver. Myers is a dog lover, and that respect comes through in the dignified portrayal of Seaman. Attractive, realistic paintings illustrate the book, giving a feel for the period and, most importantly, a visual personality to Seaman. This title is different in focus, and for a younger age group, than Gail Langer Karwoski's Seaman (Peachtree, 1999) and more readable than Roland Smith's The Captain's Dog (Harcourt, 1999).-Nancy Collins-Warner, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Lewis and Clark's famous journey began in 1803. Their objective: to explore the territory west of the Mississippi River and report back to President Thomas Jefferson. With them was Meriwether Lewis's dog, Seaman, the narrator of this story for young readers. And, it turns out, Seaman is a good storyteller. It really does feel as if a dog is relating the tale, with such canine details as why dogs twitch when they dream and the abundant sensory impressions of a trip through the wilderness. Young readers will find themselves learning a lot of history and will come to think of Seaman as a regular member of the crew. In fact, by the end of the journey, according to the actual journals the men kept, the men too accepted Seaman as part of their outfit: "Captain Lewis's dog" had become "our dog" by the end of the trek. The dog's-eye view is well done and refreshing, excerpts from Lewis's actual journal enliven the text, and Dooling's beautiful oil paintings seem just right, as full of action, beauty, danger, and majesty as the land they portray. The volume feels like a journal, and the attractive design-with a good map and lots of white space-works well. An afterword offers additional information about the actual dog. Young lovers of history and dog stories will appreciate a volume that provides both. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805063684
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 195,334
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Myers lives in Georgia.

Michael Dooling has illustrated numerous books for children. Among them are George Washington: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin, O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories, and Lewis and Clark and Me by Laurie Myers. He lives in Audubon, New Jersey, with his wife, Jane, and her daughters, Rachel and Lisa.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
1 The Beginning 1
2 Squirrels 8
3 Bear-dog 16
4 Buffalo Calf 22
5 Beaver 28
6 Buffalo 35
7 Kidnapped 42
8 Deer 49
9 My Favorite Words 55
Afterword 61
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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    My 11 year old son did a book report on Lewis and Clark and Me.

    My 11 year old son did a book report on Lewis and Clark and Me. My son is not a reader. He LOVED this book which is told through the eyes of Seaman, the dog. Very interesting (historical) book that was exciting and held his interest the entire time. A great story, just the right size, nine chapters, around 60 pages. Print was easy to read. We both enjoyed it and doing his book report was actually fun!

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Really like this book

    I use this book as part of my social studies teaching. I love that it is told from the dog's point of view. It also shows pages from the original journal. The illustrations have a photographic quality. My students enjoy this book.

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