In the annals of exploration perhaps no journey is more epic in nature than that of the Corps of Discovery commanded by Lewis and Clark. This hearty band traveled over 8,000 miles in two and one half years in search of a Northwest Passage. Though unsuccessful in locating a waterway that fully traversed the great western region of the United States, the members of the Lewis and Clark expedition did map out the nature of the vast hinterland of the American Republic. The exciting story of the Lewis and Clark expedition is ably told in this illustrated historical work. Author Susan Bursell captures the raw adventure and backbreaking work that went into this mission. Readers will meet a cast of characters that, although real, seem more unbelievable than fictionalized figures. Of particular interest is the emergence of Sacagawea and her infant son as key players in the journey. All in all, this is a story of great adventure told in this book in a way that will inform and captivate younger readers. 2002, Bridgestone Books, Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-These books are hybrids: they are jazzy, visually appealing, and interestingly written, but they also share elements of quality textbooks, focusing on the basic facts of each episode and providing explication of terms and sidebars with detailed notes. Each title provides a time line, suggestions for further readings (of fairly recent publication if not of exceptional quality), and related places of interest. The titles seem designed to enhance a unit of study, provide resources for reports, and perhaps engage students for whom history is a dull subject. However, with the overriding purpose of being accessible to elementary-or challenged middle school- readers, the complexities and nuances of American history are reduced to simplistic and abbreviated versions of events. For example, Oregon Trail introduces Marcus and Narcissa Whitman as examples of people who emigrated for religious purposes-but their ultimate fate (massacre by Cayuse Indians) is not mentioned. The Mormon emigration and Mexican War are each dispatched with two paragraphs, and the Transcontinental Railroad gets a brief page. If a library needs additional materials on these perennial curriculum topics, these books could work, but the World Book Encyclopedia provides as much information and Rhoda Blumberg's What's the Deal? Jefferson, Napoleon & the Louisiana Purchase (National Geographic, 1998) and The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark (Morrow, 1995) cover both topics much better.-Nancy Collins-Warner, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.