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Lewis and Clark for Kids: Their Journey of Discovery with 21 Activities (For Kids series) Paperback – June 1, 2000
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WARNING: amazon.com currently shows this book as being for children ages 4 - 8. This book is written for children aged 9 and above.
Oddly enough, though there is a map showing the expedition's trail, there is no map showing the Louisiana Purchase. The trail map uses only a current map of the U.S. The book should provide a map of the U.S. in 1803.
Herbert does a fair job of putting issues in their historical perspective, without interpreting events in the light of modern sensibilities. For example, she says that Clark's slave York became a member of the expedition (I wonder if the Corps of Discovery considered him a member?), and merely notes at the conclusion that he was not rewarded with a land grant because he was a slave. She carefully avoids evaluating events by modern political correctness, while still giving a sense of the excitement, danger, and wonder of the journey.
However, classroom teachers and homeschooling parents will want to discuss slavery and racism with their students. Sacagawea's contributions to the expedition were enormous, but she obviously never received the recognition and rewards the white members of the expedition did.
The book reads as non-fiction literature and is interspersed with good photos and interesting sidebars. There are also some useful activities for the child to do within the text to reinforce what is learned.
This book would be useful for all grades but can be read independently in the middle school grades. The book contains a glossary, index, web site suggestions, bibliography, listings of museums and parks and other handy references.
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I'm homeschooling and this book is terrific. Lots of history, easy to read in short segments, things to discuss in sidebars, and easy activities.Published 4 months ago by Sharon Farrer
A good book to introduce my grand nephews to some of our history and a great adventure.Published 6 months ago by William C. Walker
This is a very good book.I think the content is challenging.Published 11 months ago by Jennie McCauley
I teach American History to homeschool kids in upper elementary and middle school grades. This book was such a treasure. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Luv2Read2Kids