When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark embarked on their landmark journey of discovery in 1804, President Thomas Jefferson directed them to notice “the soil and face of the country, its growth and vegetable productions.” The explorers collected and preserved nearly two hundred seeds and specimens, from small prairie flowers to towering evergreen trees, many of them previously unknown to science. From the Indians they encountered, they learned which plants were edible—thus avoiding starvation—and which could be used as building materials for their canoes and shelters. Looking to find a water route across North America, map the uncharted territory, and discuss peaceful trade with the Indians, Lewis and Clark became central figures in the country’s westward expansion and major contributors to its scientific scholarship.
In this welcome companion to Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent traces the celebrated journey, examines the rich array of plant life the men sighted, and tells what became of the specimens over the ensuing two centuries. Adorned with William Munoz’s beautiful photographs of a variety of colorful plants, this visual feast is sure to captivate nature lovers and historians alike. Route map, suggestions for further reading, chronology of plants collected, index.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 12 Years|
About the Author
William Munoz has an avid interest in ecology and the environment and has taken the photographs for a number of books written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Mr. Munoz lives in Hamilton, Montana.
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the recipient of the Washington Post--Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work, which includes more than 130 books for children and young adults on subjects ranging from biodiversity to the spirit bear. She lives with her husband in Missoula, Montana. You can learn more about her on her web site: www.dorothyhinshawpatent.com.
Table of Contents
|1||Jefferson, Lewis, and Plants||9|
|2||The Importance of Trees||27|
|3||Plants as Food||46|
|4||Wildflowers and Their Uses||61|
|5||The Fate of Lewis's Specimens||72|
|To Learn More||88|
|Plant Specimens in the Lewis and Clark Herbarium||91|
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"Of the many books recently published on the Lewis and Clark expedition, this is one of the most tightly focused, most interesting, and most beautiful." Booklist, ALA
"Good-quality, full-color photos...author's knowledge...keen interest...very evident...fascinating account...bring(s) to life an amazing episode in American history." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal
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