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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Lewis & Clark Expedition
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1 edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805063684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805063684
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Meriwether Lewis's dog Seaman serves as narrator for a fictionalized account of Lewis and William Clark's 1803-1806 journey from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean in Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale by Laurie Myers, illus. by Michael Dooling. Excerpts from Lewis's journals close each chapter, supplying the historical basis for the dog's adventures. Handsome silhouettes ornament the chapter openers, while numerous oil paintings enliven the pages. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-Seaman, a highly intelligent and sensitive dog that accompanied the Corps of Discovery, introduces youngsters to this exciting epic of United States history. The chapters are based on accounts in Lewis's journals, from which a relevant quote closes each fictional episode. The focus is on the canine's encounters with other animals: squirrels, bear, buffalo, beaver. Myers is a dog lover, and that respect comes through in the dignified portrayal of Seaman. Attractive, realistic paintings illustrate the book, giving a feel for the period and, most importantly, a visual personality to Seaman. This title is different in focus, and for a younger age group, than Gail Langer Karwoski's Seaman (Peachtree, 1999) and more readable than Roland Smith's The Captain's Dog (Harcourt, 1999).
Nancy Collins-Warner, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Laurie Myers is the award-winning author of chapter books for children, including Surviving Brick Johnson, an ALA Notable book, and Lewis and Clark and Me, winner of the Pennsylvania Children's book award and Honor book for Michigan. Her books have been on the International Reading Association's Children's Choice, Teachers' Choice and Parents' Choice lists, as well as Junior Library Guild selection and many state master lists and nominations for the Crown Award.

She has collaborated with her sister, Betsy Duffey and her mother Betsy Byars on several popular books, which have been nominated for many state awards and won the Oregon, Louisiana, and South Carolina children's book awards.

She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her husband, their dog, Samson and their cat, Venus.

www.lauriemyers.com
www.writingsisters.com

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Fun for all ages.
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It is a wonderfully written and illustrated book with enough action and excitement to make the story come alive.
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Read about Lewis and Clark,, in a dog's point of view''!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Lewis and Clark and Me by Laurie Myers is an awesome book! The book shows the adventures of Lewis and Clark from Lewis's dog Seaman's point of view. The story takes place from November 16,1803 to September 11,1803. The book goes threw many months.

Lewis and Clark are two adventurous men who like to help other people. Seaman is a loyal and helpful dog who loves to hunt. Lewis dresses different than any other man, Clark is a tall man with a low voice, and Seaman is a large black dog with a low but loud bark and growl. Their hobbies are hunting and sailing. Seaman can jump off the boat and bring back dead animals for them to eat. Lewis and Clark are from saint Britton. They are middle aged and Seaman is about five.

This is Seaman's story from his first meeting with Lewis to being mistaken for a bear by some Indians. The story starts when Lewis buys Seaman for 20 dallers. One time a baby calf followed Lewis but couldn't get up the boat ladder so they left him behind. Suddenly that felt very funny to Seaman. Imagine a buffalo calf thinking it could be part of our lives. My favorite part of the story is when a beaver bites Seaman. In order to find out what happens next you have to read the book!

I gave this book 5 stars because it is very interesting. It had a lot of detail and action. This book is remarkable! I loved it! I think everyone should read it. The author Laurie Myers is one of my favorite authors because she loves dogs. I like how she gives you a lot of detail. The illustrator Michael Dooling never leaves a blank spot in the pictures. The pictures are very realistic. I would recommend this book to everyone because it is very exiting. In order to prove that you have to read the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader VINE VOICE on October 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The first thing that caught my attention was the beautiful design of this book. The size, the cover design, and the gorgeous illustrations make this book a delight to hold in your hand. The story is told by Seaman, the Newfoundland dog who accompanied the Corps of Discovery on their journey across the continent. Seaman's story is echoed in entries from Meriwether Lewis's journals.

The book is not long; at 64 pages it would make a great read aloud. I loved the story where Seaman is dubbed a "bear-dog" by the Indians. His nearly fatal encounter with a wounded beaver is very exciting and invests the reader emotionally in the story.

This book is not a history of the expedition but would be a wonderful introduction to the Lewis and Clark journey. Sacagawea and York are part of the dog's story but Lewis is the center of Seaman's world.

The book would not be the same with out the rich paintings by Michael Dooling. Dooling is one of the best "realistic" illustrators working today. His painting of Seaman and Lewis looking out over the Pacific captures the sense of the entire expedition. We see them from behind looking toward the future of a new land, open and wild, with more to discover.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This stunninng book is about a gentle, unique, imprissively large dog named Seaman. This enormous dog was sold to Meriwether Lewis to take on his expodiation. Together,Lewis and Seaman explored the West. They fit together like a door in a doorway. Their friendship was rare. While they explored, they met Indians. The Indains called Seaman, 'Bear-dog.' This phenaminal book is for readers on a 3rd to 5th grade reading level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on July 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am *so glad* I got this book.

If you're like me, you're thinking, "Lewis and Clark from the DOG'S point of view, huh? Too weird." It's not.

This book does such a great job with Lewis's personality, and with putting your child in touch with the expedition.

My second grader (not an emotional person) couldn't stop reading it.

It's a bit of a tearjerker -- the love between dog and man. Absolutely worthwhile, and one of the best books we've read all year.

This edition is beautiful -- the cover and the dust jacket, the beautiful illustrations -- this is a very high-quality book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dream factory on October 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Read about Lewis and Clark,, in a dog's point of view''!! A very funny story included called Squirrels. Watch and hear as a dog travels with Lewis and Clark and their crew. Including a special part of Lewis's journal! Perfect for teachers for reading circle and great for all those who want to learn about Lewis and Clark!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Howard on December 1, 2007
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A great and touching story of Seaman, the Newfoundland that accompanied Lewis and Clark on their epic journey. Written from his perspective. Fun for all ages. If you are a dog person-it is like a warm puppy. You can't resist picking it up or putting it down.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Hilbert on November 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My daughter, age 8, is dog obsessed, and when I spied this book in the library, I knew it would be a perfect way to get her interested in the amazing tail of the Corps of Discovery and even non-fiction, real-life history in general. The book is very readable and accompanied by beautiful, lush, full-color, painted illustrations. Her favorite chapter is that which describes Lewis' near-brush with death while in the inadvertent path of a buffalo and Seaman's heroic alert. I read this book aloud with her, and soon after, she asked to check-out more Lewis & Clark books at the library to read on her own. Success!
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