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Lewis and Clark: Explorers of the American West

Lewis and Clark: Explorers of the American West

by Steven Kroll

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The story of their two-and-a-half-year expedition.


The story of their two-and-a-half-year expedition.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-An attractive picture-book presentation of the highlights of Lewis and Clark's exploratory expedition through the territory acquired in the Louisiana Purchase. The text reads like a fictional adventure story, but sticks to the facts as it summarizes the major events of the dangerous journey. Many details are supplied through the colorful, realistic paintings: the physical landscape, clothing, tools and weapons, and differences in appearance and customs among Native American cultures. This is an excellent read-aloud resource to motivate young students to find out more about the opening up and settlement of the western U.S. Older students might use this book as an overview before moving on to Rhoda Blumberg's The Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark (Lothrop, 1987).-Eunice Weech, M.L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL
Carolyn Phelan
This picture book of Lewis and Clark's famous journey begins with the Louisiana Purchase and goes on to introduce the members of the "corps of discovery," their aims, transportation, supplies, discoveries, and the many hardships they faced as they made their way across the continent and back. The handsome full-page and double-page illustrations offer lively and sometimes dramatic views of the places and events described. Spreads with separate illustrations on facing pages are somewhat less effective, since the borderless pictures meet in the middle, but the oil paintings themselves are well conceived, well composed, and appealing. An excellent introduction to an important event in American history.

Product Details

Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
10.41(w) x 10.43(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Steven Kroll wrote his first story at the age of thirteen. He is now the author of many children's picture books, including Patches Lost and Found, Oh, Tucker!, The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, and Space Cats. He is also the author of John Quincy Adams: Letters from a Southern Planter's Son from Winslow Press's Dear Mr. President series. He and his wife, Kathleen Beckett, divide their time between New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania where he has written many of his books.

Richard Williams is a contributor for Holiday House Publishing, Inc. as illustrator titles including: "Lewis and Clark: Explorers of the American West."

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