VOYA - Voya ReviewsThis slim volume about the journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark from Missouri to the Pacific coast in 1804 to 1805 will please browsers and middle school students looking for basic facts, but it contains little solid information about the "Corps of Discovery." This author/photographer team has compiled large color photographs of landmarks along the path, interspersed with brief text and excerpts from the journals both men kept. Although this format creates an attractive book that is accessible to a wide range of ages, better editing might have solved some problems. Many photographs have little meaning with only their brief, identifying captions, and sometimes the text and journal excerpt contradict the photograph. For example, a modern photograph showing trees along the Snake River in Washington is juxtaposed with Clark's diary entry about "not one stick of timber on the river" without any reason. Because the only historic images included are portraits of the explorers, there is no sense of the geography of the past, though the text refers frequently to it. Key photographs also seem to be missing from this account. Text describes the rapids of the "mighty" Columbia River but omits a photo. This book is a secondary purchase for larger collections or in areas where this journey is a key unit of study. Although longer, with a more advanced reading level, Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns's Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, An Illustrated History (Knopf, 1997) is an excellent book using the same format. Students can access the complete journals in The Journals of Lewis and Clark, edited by Bernard DeVoto (Houghton Mifflin, 1953). Superior photographs appear inStephen E. Ambrose's Lewis & Clark: Voyage of Discovery (National Geographic Society, 1998), and the same author's Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (Simon & Schuster, 1996) is a fabulous text on the topic for advanced high school students. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 2Q 3P M J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 1999, Mountain Press, Ages 12 to 15, $18 Oversize pb. Reviewer: Hillary Theyer
BooknewsSmartly collates quotes from their journals and commentary with some 100 color photos of figures and landmarks of Lewis and Clark's westward trek. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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