Lewis and Clark


William Clark's Journal Entry for May 14, 1804, marks the day that Lewis and Clark set out on their two-year journey from St. Louis, Missouri, to the Pacific Ocean and back again. During their voyage of discovery, Lewis and Clark accomplished many exciting things.

In Their Own Words: Lewis and Clark tells the exciting story of the lives of these explorers using the journals they kept on their journey west. Hear Lewis and Clark's story as if ...

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William Clark's Journal Entry for May 14, 1804, marks the day that Lewis and Clark set out on their two-year journey from St. Louis, Missouri, to the Pacific Ocean and back again. During their voyage of discovery, Lewis and Clark accomplished many exciting things.

In Their Own Words: Lewis and Clark tells the exciting story of the lives of these explorers using the journals they kept on their journey west. Hear Lewis and Clark's story as if you were really there.

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Acclaim for Helen Keller and Abraham Lincoln:

In Their Own Words biographies focus on famous people who left a record of their own lives. Beginning with an explanation of the difference between primary and secondary sources, Sullivan seamlessly interweaves information about his subject with excerpts from primary sources. In the case of Helen Keller, Sullivan uses her autobiographical works; for Lincoln, he draws on speeches and letters. Both Keller and Lincoln have been covered in numerous biographies for young people (Sullivan's own Picturing Lincoln was published last fall), but these volumes are worthwhile. The short chapters, large print, simple vocabulary, straightforward narrative, and attractive illustrations, as well as the addition of the subjects' own words, make them fine choices for early-grade biographies. They fit nicely between David Adler's Picture Book Biography series books and more challenging volumes such as Russell Freedman's classic Lincoln: A Photobiography (1987).

... These may not be unique biographies, but they are still well written, fast moving, and highly readable, squeezed into a small format that should appeal to many students. Both books feature black-and-white photos and reproductions, a useful index, a short bibliography of primary and secondary sources, and a short list of further readings, along with places to contact for further information. Certainly much has been written about how these two figures and many libraries will find their shelves already well stocked. Those needing more materials, however, will find these to be solid choices.
--School Library Journal

Children's Literature
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark shared command of the 18041806 eXpedition to find a direct water route to the Pacific Ocean. Their discoveries included friendly and hostile Indians, animal species never before recorded, and routes over land and water that they would map for those who followed them. This book emphasizes not only the eXploration, but also the recording of facts, which allows readers to know what they ate, how they communicated with the Indians and how they sent their research materials back to the President. The book contains many eXcerpts from Lewis and Clark's travel journals and some illustrations from the trip. It is part of the "In Their Own Words" series. From these primary sources, readers will come to understand the hardships of the discoverers' lives, the thrill of never knowing what is around the neXt corner, and the eXplorer's confusion of not knowing what they have really seen. 1999, Scholastic, $12.95 and $4.50. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Chris Gill <%ISBN%> 0439147492
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These titles have "reluctant reader" written all over them. They are decently packaged with well-chosen and credited photographs, but the large-print, generously spaced text is written in short, choppy sentences, losing the narrative flow and the drama of history well told. In Lewis and Clark, the expedition is said to be traveling "mostly north" toward the Gates of the Mountains, after their portage of the Great Falls on the Missouri River, an egregious geographical error. Even more bizarre is the use of the term "Chopponish" for the much more commonly known Nez Perce. Expedition journals used the uncommon appellation, but there is no footnote explaining the connection. Unfortunately, in telling about the expedition's various encounters with Native Americans, Sullivan emphasizes the potentially threatening, unfriendly, and fearsome aspects. Paul Revere also contains factual errors but suffers even more from oversimplification. There is no discussion of the American colonial system as context for the independence movement and revolution; events such as the First Continental Congress are mentioned with no explanation. For a title on Lewis and Clark that is truly "in their own words" see Peter and Connie Roop's Off the Map: The Journals of Lewis and Clark (Walker, 1993), and for an excellent, accessible history, Rhoda Blumberg's The Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark (Morrow, 1995) is hard to beat. Jean Fritz's And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? (Coward-McCann, 1973) remains a favorite account of the silversmith's daring role in revolutionary America. Given the sloppy effort, these titles are marginal.-Nancy Collins-Warner, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439095532
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/27/2000
  • Series: In Their Own Words
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 123,410
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Author George Edward Sullivan was born on August 11, 1927, in Lowell, MA. Between 1945 and 1948, he was in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a journalist. He has written over 200 nonfiction books for children and young adults on a wide variety of topics. In 2005, his book BUILT TO LAST was honored with the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. Sullivan is a member of PEN, Authors Guild, Authors League of America, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He lives in New York with his wife.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 5
2 "Voyage of Discovery" 10
3 The Captains 17
4 Ivory Combs and Calico Shirts 25
5 Up the Wide Missouri 32
6 Troubles with the Sioux 40
7 Winter Camp 51
8 Into the Unknown 59
9 Meeting the Shoshones 68
10 Crossing the Rockies 78
11 To the Pacific 87
12 Homeward Journey 97
13 Heroes Return 110
14 Lewis and Clark Remembered 115
Chronology 123
Blbliography 124
Further Reading 125
For More Information 126
Photo Credits 126
Index 127
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