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Sacagawea: Girl of the Shining Mountains Paperback – September 1, 2003

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Grade 4-6?A biography of Sacagawea from the time she was captured by the Minnetaree through 1806, when Lewis and Clark left for home. St. George draws heavily from the journals of Lewis, Clark, and various members of their Corps of Discovery, thus giving readers a good overview of their historic journey as well. As she did in Crazy Horse (1994) and To See with the Heart (1996, both Putnam), the author offers a portrait of a Native American in which her admiration for the individual colors her writing. The inclusion of Sacagawea's assumed reactions and emotions to events (which St. George clearly acknowledges in the introduction) seems awkward, and even condescending at times. For example, the metaphorical play on her name, which means Bird Woman, seems overdone. (In other words, "she had been given wings.") Nonetheless, the book is a well-researched, readable biography. Those seeking additional information on this expedition will find the extensive bibliography useful.?Carolyn Angus, The Claremont Graduate School, CA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 4^-6. In a well-written and well-researched account, St. George humanizes her subject by revealing what she imagines Sacagawea's thoughts and emotions were during Lewis and Clark's 5,000-mile Journey of Discovery. Adventure lovers will find much to like in the book: attacking grizzlies, dangerous rapids, hostile Indians, and mysterious illnesses with unusual cures. But children will also learn details about an important historical event and get a glimpse of Native American life in the early 1800s. Overall, this is an enjoyable read and a pleasant way to incorporate history and social studies into a literature program, or vice versa. The extensive bibliography will be a helpful research aid. An alternative for youngsters with reading disabilities is Raphael and Bolognese's Sacajawea: The Journey West (1995), from the Drawing America series. Lauren Peterson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786813237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786813230
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,938,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on January 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. I especially liked the exciting parts like when Sacagawea and Pomp almost died. I also liked the part when the bears attacked them. I hope I will find another book as exciting as this one!
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Sacagawea by Judith St. Martin is a well-written historical novel for older children and young adults filled with rich descriptions and characters. Judith St. Martin, a noted children's biographer, used Lewis and Clarks' journals and other original material to tell a good story. My eight and a half year-old daughter says the book really inspired her. It made her think about what it would be like if she lived during Sacagewea's time and traveled with Lewis and Clark, who became her companions. The book is informative and best of all it has that 5 star quality: it makes you wonder and want to know more! We learned that Sacagewea means bird woman. Illustrated maps tracing the Lewis and Clark trail are helpful. My daughter adds that this book is an excellent choice for anybody who likes to stop and think about adventures and people who have made remarkable contributions to our world. This is the opening of a poem she wrote after reading the book. "One day in Shoshone land, an Indian girl was picking berries with her friend. Then a cloud of dust appeared, they knew what that meant. For they feared the white men would come after them." The poem concludes, "We still remember Sacagawea today. My heroine forever, forever and always." The book may inspire you to write about one of your heroes or heroines.
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I purchased this for my ten year old child and then read it myself; it's nicely written and gives a good understanding into the world Sacagawea would have experienced.
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A very good book about an American heroine. I read the book out loud during the summer to our boys, ages 6 & 8. Our older son loved the book so much he did a book project on it in 4th grade.
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