This fictionalized biography of Lewis and Clark’s journey introduces Seaman, a 150-pound Newfoundland dog and unheralded member of the Corps, to young historians. Seaman travels the long journey with the Corps, playing a key role in the expedition’s success by catching and retrieving game, and protecting the team from wild animals and hostile Native Americans.
Gail Langer Karwoski’s thrilling account of Lewis and Clark’s expedition with the Corps of Discovery, Seaman, and eventually Sacagawea, full of accurate details drawn from Lewis’s own diary entries, will draw readers into one of the most exciting chapters in American history.
|Publisher:||Peachtree Publishing Company|
|Series:||A Peachtree Junior Publication Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Lexile:||800L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
James Watling lives in Canada, where he is a professor of art education at McGill University. He has illustrated over twenty-five books for children.
Table of Contents
|1||A Duck, a Dog, and a Deal||1|
|3||The Journey Begins||21|
|4||A Deserter and a Death||28|
|6||Winter among the Indians||51|
|7||Perils in Paradise||67|
|8||Guard Dog and Backpacker||78|
|9||Searching for the Shoshone||89|
|10||The Starving Time||102|
|11||Ocean in View! Oh, the Joy!||115|
|12||A Soggy Winter||129|
|14||Blackfeet and Bad Luck||159|
|Author's Note and Resources||181|
|About the Author||193|
What People are Saying About This
No story from our nation's history is more enduring - or exciting - than the epic saga of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this well-researched and finely written book for young readers, Gail Karwoski brings the story back to life through the expedition's most unlikely and endearing hero: Lewis's brave and loyal companion, Seaman, the first dog to cross the continent.
Dayton Duncan, co-author with Ken Burns of Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think this book tells the reader what is going on at this time period. I think it is a very exciting book and I could not put it down!! :)
Outstanding, I would highly recomend this book to anybody studying The Lewis and Clark expedition, whether its for home-schooling, public school or just for fun or hobby.
Seaman sounds like a very smart energetic dog who loves to explore. He's alot like me and i think captain lewis was lucky to have found such a wonderful dog. And i surley wish i could have a dog like Seaman around here for sure. And to all you readers I highly recomend this boook
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<><><><><><><><> One day a man named Mr. Hanson was walking with his dog and he notices a city person. That city person was shooting at some ducks on the river. When the hunter gets one Mr. Hanson tells the dog to go and get it. Obediently the dog does and retrieves the duck. Mr. Hanson tells the dog to give the duck to the hunter. The dog does but the hunter is very mad. He says ¿What is the meaning of this sir? Why did you send your dog to snatch the duck I just shot?¿
<><><><><><><><> ¿Thought we¿d save you a dunk in the river to get your bird!¿ Said Mr. Hanson. The man then tells the dog to give him his duck. After a while of talking they get to know each other better and Mr. Hanson finds out that the hunter is Meriwether Lewis and he is on direct orders from none other than the president Jefferson himself. He is there in Pittsburg to get a keelboat to take it to the Pacific Ocean. Mr. Hanson just laughs and tells him that he can never make it to the Pacific Ocean. But Lewis has other plans, he wants to take the dog with him on the journey. Mr. Hanson says that he is not for sale but he has a litter of pups coming in the fall but Lewis cant wait that long. But after some reasoning he tells Lewis that he will sell him for ¿twenty dollars and not a penny less!¿
<><><><><><><><> Lewis then reaches for his purse and gives the man twenty dollars rite there on the spot. After he counted the money, Mr. Hanson hands over the rope to the dog. When Mr. Hanson is leaving, Lewis remembers an important question, ¿One thing more, sir,¿ Lewis called after him. ¿What name does this dog answer to?¿
¿Seaman,¿ Hanson replied slowly. Then he shrugged, a grin spreading across his face. ¿I named him Seaman ¿cause I knew he¿d be going to sea!¿
<><><><><><><><> Seaman always stays by Lewis¿s side everyday all day. He light up the darkest of days and always stayed by the Corps of Discovery¿s side. He brought down the biggest of beasts like a buffalo, to the smallest like squirrels and rabbits. He even faced a giant grizzly bear.
<><><><><><><><> Seaman is an excellent book. It has some drama and even some suspense. It is a good book to read up on some history about our country. Also you can learn about Sacagawea, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
After learning about the Lewis and Clark expedition in my history class, I found this story very interesting because of how the facts were used in Gail Karwoski's story. She has a talent of describing Seaman's every move that I was able to see the Newfoundland in my mind without the use of any pictures. She brought history back to life and made me feel like I was really there.The book illusrator's detailed pictures made me see how the unexplored land actually looked during the 1800's.I recommend this book to everyone.At my school, we have to read at least 15 'Bluebonnet books' each school year. I hope to see this book elected as one of the required readings.
This book was a great story. I liked the way it turned out how seaman stayed with one of the crew members. I thought it was a good way to end the book.
As an adult, I read this book because the author is a friend of mine. To tell the truth, I enjoyed it tremendously, for a variety of reasons. The writing is sharp and vivid, and Karwoski brings history to living , breathing--daily--life. Because of her attention to fine detail, I also learned a lot--about things like the social norms of the time, the honorable (and delightful) traits of Newfoundland dogs, and the definition/derivation of the term 'dead reckoning.' 'Seaman' is a compelling, dynamic adventure story. I highly recommend it!