Children's Literature - Gisela JerniganSacajawea was only ten when the Minnetaree took her from her people, the Shoshoni, and only thirteen when she was forced to marry the French-Canadian fur trader, Toussaint Charbonneau. A year later this strong, young woman, with her baby, Pomp, guided Lewis and Clark through her Shoshoni homelands and then on to the Pacific Ocean. This brief, nonfictional account emphasizes the first part of the journey and Sacajawea's happy but temporary reunion with her brother. A note at the end tells about the rest of the journey and what is known about her life. An added feature is the step by step instructions for drawing Sacajawea, her horse, teepee, etc.-part of the "Drawing America" series.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 1-3-An accurate, although very brief biographical sketch of Sacajawea, written in clipped, simple sentences that list selected facts about her life and her journey west with the Lewis and Clark expedition. Double-page spreads feature large, well-executed landscapes done in rich watercolor and colored-pencil hues. At the end of the book, readers are encouraged to try their hand at copying six of the drawings. This gimmicky add-on is not successful in that the complexity of the artwork requires a competency level beyond that of the target audience.-Alexandra Marris, Rochester Public Library, NY
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