School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-6-The Lewis and Clark expedition receives an informal, somewhat interactive and child-friendly treatment here. Short sections, often with humorous headings, cover the background, people, main events, and aftermath of the famous expedition. Interspersed among the informational sections are crafts and activities, most of which require adult supervision, and "Think About It" and "Try It" sections, all of which serve to increase reader involvement. There are many silly cartoons and occasional jokes as well as some archival art and artifacts, maps, and more serious line drawings. Breaking the information into short segments helps give the book a casual and easily approachable feel, but it also tends to lend all events and sections equal importance since the text cannot build and does not expand on more important and climactic happenings. Furthermore, children trying to follow the events of the trip may find the many activities and questions distracting. The questions vary in value. While "Judged by Your Peers" raises interesting topics for discussion, "Ask the Indians" requires readers to speculate on Dr. Rush's motives for wanting to know about Native traditions, something they would not have any basis for judging. Most suitable for school libraries and homeschooling families, this book won't supplant such standards as Rhoda Blumberg's The Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark (Morrow, 1995) or Peter and Connie Roop's Off the Map (Walker, 1993), but it will be welcomed by teachers and others looking for materials and activities to help commemorate the expedition's upcoming bicentennial.-Louise L. Sherman, formerly at Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award (2003)
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