The little-known life of York, the African American slave owned by William Clark, and his contributions to the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition are examined in this carefully crafted Society of School Librarians International Honor Book. Award-winning author Laurence Pringle gives an accurate account of York's life—before, during, and after the expedition. Using quotations from the expedition's journals, he tells how York's skills, strength, and intelligence helped in the day-to-day challenges of the journey. Artists Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu consulted with a Lewis and Clark expert to create thoroughly researched and stunning watercolor paintings of York's life.
About the Author
Laurence Pringle is the recipient of three major awards for his body of writingthe Eva L. Gordon Award for Children's Science Literature, the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He lives in West Nyack, New York.
Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu have illustrated many books, including An Angel Just Like Me, Snow in Jerusalem, Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree, and Jewels. They live in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This award winning book gives the probable biography of an African American slave named York. York was a slave to William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition. York assisted Clark in every aspect of the journey from getting leaves for eatting to dancing at a New Year's party for entertainment. Clark eventually freed York. Years after York's death, he was promoted to the rank of honorary sergeant, Regular Army, by Bill Clinton.I truely enjoyed this book because it told the Lewis and Clark story from a different perspective. Most people forget that there were other people involved since they are not talked about in the history books. The illustrations helped tell the story and showed that York was a happy person. I also enjoyed this book because it shows that York, an African American slave, was a true hero. We never hear about the goodness of slaves in history books.I would use this story in a unit of heros. A good activity would be to act out the story so the children would get a feeling of what the Lewis and Clark expedition may have been like. An exploration activity would be to go to the playground or somewhere the children have not been and have them write about what they see and feel.