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Taking a rare look beyond the myths and legends surrounding Sacagawea's life, this extraordinary illustrated history recounts the known facts about a remarkable women and her contribution to one of...
Taking a rare look beyond the myths and legends surrounding Sacagawea's life, this extraordinary illustrated history recounts the known facts about a remarkable women and her contribution to one of...
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  • Taking a rare look beyond the myths and legends surrounding Sacagawea's life, this extraordinary illustrated history recounts the known facts about a remarkable women and her contribution to one of America's greatest journeys of exploration. Combining beautifully wrought oil paintings, a moving true story, and a unique larger format, Sacagawea will captivate readers of all ages. Kidnapped from her Shoshone tribe when she was just eleven or twelve, Sacagawea lived with her captors for four years before being given in marriage to a French Canadian fur trapper, Toussaint Charbonneau. With him, she served as interpreter, peacemaker, and guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Northwest in 1805-1806. Braving hunger and fierce blizzards, Sacagawea traveled thousands of miles with a baby on her back. By the end of the legendary journey, Sacagawea's steadfast courage and capable guidance had ensured her place in history.

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  • Lisa Erdrich was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota, and grew up in North Dakota. She is a member of the Turtle Mountain band of Plains-Ojibway. In addition to being a writer, she has worked in Indian health and education for many years.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 25, 2003
    Erdrich (Bears Make Rock Soup and Other Stories), a member of the Turtle Mountain band of Plains-Ojibway, and newcomer Buffalohead, who is of Ponca heritage, retell the story of the famous Shoshone woman. For the most part, the text adheres to what is known of Sacagawea (principally from the journals of Lewis and Clark) and only rarely speculates on Sacagawea's feelings. Unfortunately, when Erdrich does try to extrapolate from other material, the writing sometimes strains for effect. For example, kidnapped from her tribe at the age of 11 or 12 by Hidatsa warriors, Sacagawea is said only to be "overwhelmed by the vast open space" and "astonish" at the Hidatsa earth-lodge village. When Erdrich turns to Hidatsa life, she writes of Sacagawea's pleasure in gardening (the Shoshone did not garden) and adds, in a rare and conspicuous metaphor, "The sunflower, friendly soul of the garden, brightened her days." Featuring earth tones, broad strokes and a grainy texture, Buffalohead's oil paintings impute more personality to Sacagawea (and to her growing infant son, Pomp), but the other characters' faces often seem indistinct. The most useful illustrations may be the occasional black-and-white spot art; these provide more detailed views of specific objects or moments mentioned in the text (e.g., Pomp's "cradleboard"; men hauling a canoe on a roughly built wagon). A timeline and map of the expedition's route are included. Ages 8-11.

  • School Library Journal

    October 1, 2003
    Gr 2-5-Kidnapped by Hidatsa warriors as a child and given in marriage as a teen to a French Canadian fur trapper, this young Shoshone woman played an incalculable role in American history. Erdrich acknowledges some gaps in what is known about Sacagawea, but her picture-book account is faithful to the historical record as she quickly sketches the young woman's origins and then focuses on her experiences with Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery. Sacagawea's story is tantalizing in its brevity and irony. Brought along as a secondary figure by her opportunist husband, she evidently saved the trip from ruin on several occasions. Little is known of her after the return home, except for the fact that she gave her young son over to Captain Clark's care within a few years' time and likely died not long thereafter. The text is sometimes wooden, but the author does a fine job of describing the setting and background of the group's impressive adventure. The richly hued, impressionistic paintings also create a good sense of time and place. An afterword mentions other speculations. This solid introduction to an intriguing woman should whet readers' appetites for more on this complex chapter of American history.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

    Copyright 2003 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    September 1, 2003
    Gr. 2-6. In this handsome, large-size picture-book biography, an Ojibway writer and a Ponca artist tell the story of the young Shoshone woman who traveled west with Lewis and Clark. There are gaps in the story, but Erdrich avoids the usual mistake of making a smooth narrative by filling in with fiction. Instead, she is scrupulous about the facts, and, in an afterword, distinguishes between what's certain and what probably happened. The story begins when the girl, age 11, is kidnapped by Hidatsa warriors. At about 15, she's given in marriage to a much older French Canadian fur trapper and eventually gives birth to a boy, nicknamed "Pomp," shortly before starting on the journey west. Her personal story (including her anguished reunion with her brother) is set against the discovery expedition, during which she acts as interpreter and guide. The unforgettable full-page oil paintings, in warm earth colors, focus on the brave young woman, showing her roots, her extraordinary skills, her melancholy, and her bond with her child and with Clark. A time line, a map, and a brief bibliography follow the story. (Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2003, American Library Association.)

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