School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2-4-These books are clearly organized, presenting one short chapter for each main area of the subject's life-usually about four pages long. One or two paragraphs of large-type text and a caption face a full-page, full-color photo, illustration, or reproduction. The sentences are to the point and fairly clinical. Lincoln is the better of the two titles. Basic facts are related for children beginning to show an interest in biographies, or for those doing simple reports. However, it's unfortunate that the "important paper that freed the slaves" is not named, nor is its description accurate. In the second book, the author sometimes attributes thoughts and feelings to his subject. For example, after stating that Sacagawea's name means "Bird Woman," the text reads, "Sacagawea wished that she could fly like a bird. Then she would be able to fly home." No sources are listed to lend accuracy to these thoughts. Another point where a proper bibliography would be helpful is when the author asserts that Sacagawea was abducted by the Minnetaree tribe. Most sources use the name Hidatsa. The book's greatest flaw, however, is that it essentially describes Sacagawea as nothing more than a translating maid for the Lewis and Clark expedition. Other books for this reading level detail her skill as an ambassador, guide, navigator, and occasional healer in addition to being a translating diplomat between the expedition members and the tribes encountered. In both books, the illustrative material is handsome and appropriately selected.-Jennifer England, The Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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