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Sterling Biographies®: Sacagawea: Crossing the Continent with Lewis & Clark Hardcover – October 5, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Sterling Biographies®
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402768451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402768453
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8–Berne highlights Sacagawea's importance to the Lewis and Clark expedition, as well as her unfortunate lapse into obscurity and the mystery of what happened to her in later life. Chief Joseph was the Nez Perce's main negotiator with the U. S. Army, and he made a name for himself through his strong belief in resolving conflict through peaceful means. Although he was promised that the Nez Perce would return to their ancestral lands, they ended up farther east in Montana. Joseph spent the rest of his life advocating for peaceful relations between his people and whites. The story of Pocahontas saving John Smith's life may be a romanticized version of an elaborate Powhatan ritual, but the friendship between the two was real. Jones begins by placing the settlement at Jamestown in the context of both European exploration and Powhatan lifeways. Pocahontas became a friend to the settlers, eventually married an Englishman, and moved to London. No actual fictionalizing takes place, but the author does suggest what Pocahontas may have thought of the strangeness of her new home. This is a welcome biography for readers wanting more information than that found in Kathleen Krull's Pocahontas (Walker, 2007). In all three books, illustrations appear on almost every page, including period black-and-white photographs (where available), present-day photographs of important places, and well-chosen paintings and drawings. The authors succeed in painting sympathetic yet realistic portraits of their subjects and the cultures in which they lived, especially in the case of Chief Joseph, whose pain at his people's losses is clearly evident.–Rebecca Donnelly, Loma Colorado Public Library, Rio Rancho, NMα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Packed with fast action and detailed analysis, these new titles in the Sterling Biographies series blend the stories of Native American leaders with the history of their peoples, distinguishing myth and reality by documenting what really happened and focusing on ordinary people as well as chiefs and warriors. Contrary to myth, Sacagawea explains that the Shoshone teen was not a princess, her relationship with Clark was platonic, and she was a peace symbol rather than a guide until they finally reached the Shoshone tribe. The series’ spacious design is highly scannable, with color background screens, photos, maps, and historic prints throughout; also included are a detailed time line, glossary, bibliography, and fully documented notes. Grades 7-12. --Hazel Rochman

More About the Author

Emma Carlson Berne is the author of the YA thrillers NEVER LET YOU GO (Simon & Schuster, 2012) and STILL WATERS (Simon & Schuster, 2011),as well as HARD TO GET, a YA romantic comedy. She lives in Cincinnati. You can visit Emma's web site at www.emmacarlsonberne.com, follow her on Twitter @emmacberne, or visit Emma Carlson Berne Books on Facebook.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Southern Rocker on July 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
In short, this is a truly wonderful book to read. Although it may be aimed towards educational it is still a useful and well put together book for ALL ages. The photography they used for this publication is just wonderful, so much better than the books when I was in school. Perhaps one of the most magnificent images provided by landscape nature photographer Thomas Schoeller. An awesome view of the Bitteroot Range along the Idaho-Montana border.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Hopkins on November 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was very interesting to read and had told the story really well. You can read this book within an hour or two because its only a little over 100 pages, but the information will keep an adult entertained as well.
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This is a book I purchased for my Grandson who is evidently not learning about these special people in our US History. Even though our school systems do not feel this to be a necessity, I think children could at least read about the people in our past so we will not loose something of our heritage. I think they are well written books for young children.
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