Children's LiteratureTwo hundred years ago President Jefferson sent an expedition to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory and lands further west. He appointed Meriwether Lewis to lead the mission, who in turn asked William Clark to share the command. They hired men, built keelboats, and gathered supplies. By May of 1804 they set off on an incredible historical journey which lasted two and a half years. The group of men called themselves the Corps of Discovery. In November they hired a French-Canadian trader and his Indian wife Sacagawea as interpreters. Lewis and Clark kept detailed journals and collected samples of plants and animals. The Corps faced many hardships such as wild animals, raging currents, lack of food, severe weather, swarms of insects, and sunstroke. The expedition was a smashing success, paving the way for future exploration and settlement of the growing United States. Excellent photographs and illustrations accompany a richly detailed source. The book is part of the "Cornerstones of Freedom, Second Series" and contains an index, bibliographic resources, a timeline, and glossary. Webster's book would be ideal for an American history curriculum. 2003, Children's Press, Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-6-Accessing the material in these titles is sometimes challenging since the books lack contents pages and the index entries often refer to glossary terms rather than relevant events or people. Abundant captioned photos or drawings, most in color and others in sepia or single tones, enhance the texts. Thanksgiving contains quotes from primary sources and readers are given vague ideas where they came from, but there are no footnotes to give complete source information, and the maps are not clearly marked. Stein explains that while some of the stories about Allen border on tall tales, the man was a key player in the American War of Independence and participated in events that eventually led to the statehood of Vermont. Information is presented clearly and succinctly. Lewis and Clark gives factual data on the preparations for the journey, the expedition itself, and life for Lewis and Clark after they returned. This title contains more sidebar facts than the other two, which adds additional detail to the accounts. Numerous books are available on these topics, especially Thanksgiving and Lewis and Clark, so consider the need carefully before deciding to purchase these titles.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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