Sacajaweaby Joyce Milton, Shelly Hehenberger
More than 200 years ago, explorers went on a journey to the Pacific Ocean. With the help of a young American Indian girl, the trip was a success. Her name was Sacajawea.
Children's LiteratureSacajawea is an early reader book about the life of a Shoshone American Indian girl who helped American explorers, Meriwether Lewis and Captain William Clark find a route to the Pacific Ocean. This adventure tale begins when a young Sacajawea is captured by a rival Indian tribe. One day a fur trader named Charbonneau comes to the Indian camp and wins Sacajawea in a game of chance. He marries her and they travel around the west together. Eventually, they meet Lewis and Clark who ask them to be their trail guides. Although Sacajawea is only a teenager, she soon has a baby she names Pomp. Sacajawea's story is remarkable because she proves herself to be a brave and resourceful young woman. She carries her son on her back on difficult trails and through harsh weather. Without knowing it, she is becoming part of America's history. When the group finally nears the Pacific Ocean, Sacajawea begs to continue on. She wants to see the huge body of water. Author Milton manages to end the book with some interesting information. Sacajawea is said to have died in 1812, although some Indians said she did not die then, but only left her husband and went to live with a Comanche tribe. No one knows for sure, but what is known is that Sacajawea was a brave and fearless young girl who traveled with explorers to see a great ocean. The illustrations are done in soft and warm earth tones. An "All Aboard Reading, Level 2" book. 2001, Grosset and Dunlap, $13.89 and $3.99. Ages 5 to 7. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi<%ISBN%>0448426161
School Library JournalGr 1-3-A bare-bones introduction to the Shoshone guide. Milton focuses on her time spent helping Lewis and Clark, her marriage to Charbonneau, and the birth of her son, Pomp. Short sentences and pronunciation make the book accessible to emerging readers. Facts tend to be appropriately simple for the grade and reading levels. The large type is positioned on a white background and does not interfere with the full-color drawings. The illustrations lack pizzazz yet fit in well with the text. Several simple maps clue readers in to where the story is taking place. David Adler's A Picture Book of Sacagawea (Holiday, 2000) goes into more detail but the text is more difficult. Both titles would be useful, especially for Native American units.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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