A flavorful account to commemorate its bicentennial
In 1803 a young farmer named Reubin Field enlisted for a journey of enormous import. Commissioned by President Jefferson and headed by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, a "Corps of Discovery" was to make its way through dangerous terrain and harsh conditions to blaze a trail to the Pacific Ocean. Focusing on a lesser-known figure from the Corps, Judith Edwards has imagined what Reubin’s voice might have been like, and how he might have told his version of the long journey.
The folksy narrative provides an accessible and entertaining overview of the expedition, and Sally Wern Comport’s majestic pictures honor this grand moment in the story of America.
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Judith Edwards is the author of a number of biographies for children. She lives in Springfield, Vermont.
Among the books Sally Wern Comport has illustrated for children is The Story of Thanksgiving by Robert Merrill Bartlett. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
Grade 2-5-On May 14, 1804, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set off with their Corps of Discovery to explore the newly acquired territory of the Louisiana Purchase and hopefully locate a Northwest Passage. They were to return two years, four months later, having made numerous detailed maps and kept copious journals relating their many adventures and hardships. Edwards has chosen the voice of a lesser-known member of the Corps to relate the story of this remarkable journey as she "imagined what Reubin's voice might have been like-." The narrative is entertaining and lively as the intelligence, good nature, and fairness exhibited by the captains are conveyed and the highlights of the trip are described. Comport's watercolor paintings are effective whether depicting the majesty of the land or the humor of attempting to chase down a prairie dog. With the bicentennial of the expedition fast approaching, this book will help to satisfy the need for information. It makes a nice complement to Rosalyn Schanzer's How We Crossed the West (National Geographic, 1997), which uses actual quotes from Lewis and Clark's letters and journals to tell the tale.
Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110374380392
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0374380392 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0114589