- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Lexile Measure: 0320 (What's this?)
- Series: Step into Reading
- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 27, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780375811203
- ISBN-13: 978-0375811203
- ASIN: 0375811206
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President (Step into Reading, Step 3) Paperback – May 27, 2003
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Gr. 1-3. The history is handled with a light touch in this Step into Reading title about the American West, and Manders' colorful cartoon-style art is a perfect match for the storytelling. President Jefferson asks Lewis and Clark to go west, and "make maps, and explore rivers . . . collect plants and draw wild animals . . . send presents." Comic scenes show the explorers trying to catch buffalo and grizzly bears to send to the president, but they settle on the cute, little, wild dog, which scouts take back to Jefferson together with a huge load of plants, skins, and animals. Other than Sacagawea, who is a big help ("she talked and traded with the Indians they met on the way"), there's no mention of the native peoples the explorers encountered, but this lively history will make new readers want to know more. Hazel Rochman
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In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson sends Lewis and Clark out west to explore. He tells them to make maps. He tells them to draw pictures and collect plants. Most importantly, he tells them to send presents! What kind of present is good enough for a president? Beginning readers will truly enjoy reading about this fun and little-known slice of American history.
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These books are excellent for building children's reading skills as well as increasing their confidence. Once you've completed the Step 1 and Step 2 books (I would advise proceeding level by level), the Step 3 books are not as daunting as they might first appear. In "Lewis and Clark", young readers are introduced to the intrepid explorers whose adventures are now part of American history. Their adventures are vividly illustrated with color illustrations that will appeal to visual learners (my daughter is certainly motivated by illustrations - she still balks at reading books that are text-heavy with few illustrations).
I can't recommend these books highly enough - they are great for building reading skills, and also educational. This book is a great introduction to history, and I also came up with a series of short comprehension questions based on the story in this book so as to hone my daughter's comprehension skills (e.g. "Who were Lewis and Clark?" "What animal did they give to the President?" etc.).
When this one arrived I read through it before hiding it in the birthday present storage facility under my bed. This book is Adorable! The illustrations will have the kids laughing, the job they did at conveying humor through the facial expressions is wonderful. The buffalo jammed into the crate is by far one of my favorite pictures other than the Prairie Dog himself.
What I was most happy with was that it is a cute tale about real history. The kind of stuff they are leaving out of the schools these days. My husband was astounded that these little readers had historical information that he didn't know. They did an amazing job of taking history and making it fun. I couldn't be happier with this book.
Though there are a few larger words in it, my son had no trouble reading it. He actually read it beginning to end 3 times and had to show me the pictures over and over. Since giving it to him, he's taken this specific book everywhere with him.
The premise is the story of Lewis and Clark and their famous expedition. It covers the things they saw, the reason for the trip, and that they sent many items back for the president to see - including the silly little prairie dogs. My son laughed and lauged and then proceeded to tell me the storie even without the book.
"Did you know Lewis and Clark saw Buffalo? And they found Prairie Dogs, and sent them to the president, and then they went across the country - look there's a picture!"
I could not recommend this book enough to both parents and teachers. I will review the others after his birthday.
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We have two prairie dogs as pets, so I had my 3rd grader do this book as a read-aloud to me and it was a home run.Read more