The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark

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Describes the expedition led by Lewis and Clark to explore the unknown western regions of America at the beginning of the nineteenth century

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Rhoda Blumberg has written about the opening of Japan (1853-1854) in Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun, a Newbery Honor Book, which also won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and the Golden Kite Award. Her acclaimed histories also include The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark, The Great American Gold Rush, and The Remarkable Voyages of Captain Cook, all ALA Notable Books. She is the winner of the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to nonfiction.

Rhoda Blumberg says that while doing research for Commodore Perry, "I read about the ordeals and strange adventures of Manjiro, then spent years replaying his life story in my mind until I felt impelled to write about him."

The author and her husband, Gerald, live in Yorktown Heights, New York.

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Grade 5 Up The Lewis and Clark expedition, that staple of American history courses, is given a fresh account here. Blumberg explores a confrontation between two cultures, in a manner which is sympathetic to and revealing of the feelings of both peoples. She describes the experience of entering those lands west of the Mississippi, uncharted territory when President Jefferson proposed the expedition in 1803. The 16 chapters which follow the journey are arranged chronologically, concluding with the return of the explorers in 1806. The text is clear and often entertaining, with concrete details to bring historical events to life. Blumberg is refreshingly frank about the humanness of the expedition's members and the relationships that they had with some of the native Americans. The concluding chapter is a rather hasty summing up, but final sections, which include detailed chapter notes and an ``Aftermath'' about the later lives of prominent members of the expedition make up for this. Much care has been taken throughout the book to use and refer to primary sources, both in text and illustrations, which are generally well reproduced. Blumberg is not a great prose stylisther text is often flat, and her people don't come to life. Where she shines is in the imaginative use of extensive research to tell, compellingly and entertainingly, stories from history. She respects her subject and her audience: an approach which makes this an outstanding choice to introduce young readers to this seminal American event. Christine Behrmann, New York Public Library
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