Sacagawea: Crossing the Continent with Lewis and Clark (Sterling Biographies Series)

Sacagawea: Crossing the Continent with Lewis and Clark (Sterling Biographies Series)

by Emma Carlson Berne
     
 

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While traveling with the Corps of Discovery across America's then-uncharted West, Sacagawea-with a baby strapped to her back-endured unimaginable dangers. We know little about her thoughts and feelings, since she left no records of her own, but without her, Lewis and Clark certainly could never have succeeded. Emma Carlson Berne separates truth from legend, and offers… See more details below

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While traveling with the Corps of Discovery across America's then-uncharted West, Sacagawea-with a baby strapped to her back-endured unimaginable dangers. We know little about her thoughts and feelings, since she left no records of her own, but without her, Lewis and Clark certainly could never have succeeded. Emma Carlson Berne separates truth from legend, and offers some ideas on what eventually happened to this strong and fascinating woman.

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While the historical record is regrettably light on this Shoshone teenager, Berne stitches together a compelling narrative from what is known, taking care to bust myths along the way. Sacagawea had been kidnapped by the Hidatsa and sold or given to Toussaint Charbonneau as a wife before she was 14. Because she knew both the Shoshone and Hidatsa languages, she was seen as an invaluable link for communication to the Lewis and Clark expedition, which hired her French-Canadian trader husband. During the 16-month journey (1805-06), she acted as translator, located edible food and was a visible symbol of peace (no war party would have a woman), all the while carrying and nurturing her baby son, Jean-Baptiste. The author stresses the paucity of information even as she extrapolates what she can; Sacagawea's kindness and resourcefulness are evident from the Lewis and Clark records, for instance. Sidebars and illustrations enrich the account (about Native-American baby care, trade goods, Lewis's Newfoundland dog, Seaman). Some repetition could have been edited out, but this is still a good addition to this biographical series. (glossary, bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 9-12)

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ISBN-13:
9781402757389
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Series:
Sterling Biographies Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1110L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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