The Louisiana Purchase (Exploring the West)

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Explains the events that led Napoleon Bonaparte to sell the Louisiana Territory and the difficulties that Thomas Jefferson had in making the purchase that doubled the size of the United States.

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After graduating from Brown University, Elizabeth Dana Jaffe received her master’s degree in early education from Bank Street College of Education. Since then, she has written and edited educational materials. Elizabeth Dana Jaffe lives in New York City.

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Grade 4-8-These books are hybrids: they are jazzy, visually appealing, and interestingly written, but they also share elements of quality textbooks, focusing on the basic facts of each episode and providing explication of terms and sidebars with detailed notes. Each title provides a time line, suggestions for further readings (of fairly recent publication if not of exceptional quality), and related places of interest. The titles seem designed to enhance a unit of study, provide resources for reports, and perhaps engage students for whom history is a dull subject. However, with the overriding purpose of being accessible to elementary-or challenged middle school- readers, the complexities and nuances of American history are reduced to simplistic and abbreviated versions of events. For example, Oregon Trail introduces Marcus and Narcissa Whitman as examples of people who emigrated for religious purposes-but their ultimate fate (massacre by Cayuse Indians) is not mentioned. The Mormon emigration and Mexican War are each dispatched with two paragraphs, and the Transcontinental Railroad gets a brief page. If a library needs additional materials on these perennial curriculum topics, these books could work, but the World Book Encyclopedia provides as much information and Rhoda Blumberg's What's the Deal? Jefferson, Napoleon & the Louisiana Purchase (National Geographic, 1998) and The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark (Morrow, 1995) cover both topics much better.
Nancy Collins-Warner, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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