Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale

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Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale [Hardcover]

Laurie Myers , Michael Dooling
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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.
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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
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From Booklist

Gr. 3-6. The Lewis and Clark expedition spent more than two years exploring the territory west of the Mississippi River accompanied by Meriwether Lewis' huge Newfoundland dog, Seaman. Myers describes the extraordinary journey through Seaman's perspective, using the dog to remember several of his adventures in a descriptive, first-person voice. Each of Seaman's stories is followed by Lewis' journal entry describing the event. Seaman served as hunter, retriever, and guard dog as well as a peacemaker with the Indians, and his story offers an interesting perspective on a familiar piece of U.S. history. Beautifully detailed oil paintings bring each story to life, and a double-page map shows the expedition's route. An afterword explains a misunderstanding about the dog's name, Seaman's epitaph, and his reaction to Lewis' death in 1809. Sources are appended. Karen Hutt
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A 2004-2005 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List selection
An IRA Teachers' Choice for 2003

International Reading Association Teacher’s Choice List 2003

International Reading Association Parent’s Choice List 2003

Michigan Great Lakes’ Children’s Book Award - Honor Book

Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award Master List

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Master List

Arizona Young Readers’ Award Master List

Oregon’s Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Master List 

West Virginia Children's Book Award Master List  

Florida Sunshine State Young Reader Award Master List

Nevada Young Readers Award Master List  

Texas Christian Schools Association-Children’s Crown Award Master List

About the Author

Laurie Myers is the author of several well-received books for intermediate readers. An avid dog lover, she collaborated on a collection of stories, My Dog, My Hero, with her mother Betsy Byars and sister, Betsy Duffey. Ms. Myers lives with her family in Augusta, Georgia.

Michael Dooling has illustrated many books on historical figures including Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. To research this book he spent time with a group that reenacted the Lewis and Clark expedition. He and his family live in Audubon, New Jersey.
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