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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 woman 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780876146460
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2003
Edition description: Library Edition
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 449,517
Product dimensions: 9.61(w) x 12.08(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile: AD840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 9 Years

About the Author

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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Sacagawea 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MelAKnee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sacagawea was kidnapped by her tribes enemy tribe at a young age. She was forced to marry and then sent on the Lewis and Clark expidition two months after giving birth to her first son. This brave woman crossed waterfalls and climbed mountians with her child on her back with no pay to lead the journey. Wonderful illustrations give the feel of the hardships this great woman faced during her travels.
catherinegardner2011 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A biography of Sacagawea. This book has beautiful pictures and gives many facts of her life. Although this is considered to be factual it does not have a list of sources at the end of the book.
roethkegrrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Erdrich and Buffalohead¿s Sacagawea combines a factual, biographical account of the life and journey of a legendary historical figure with rich, colorful storybook-style illustrations. A Carter G. Woodson Award winner, Sacagawea shows a commitment to historical accuracy throughout. The book opens with an explanatory note about the spelling and meaning of Sacagawea¿s name and its origins in Native American languages. The story follows Sacagawea from age 11, when she is abducted from the Shoshone people, through her captivity with the Hidatsa tribe, her marriage to a French-Canadian fur trapper, and finally her legendary journey with Lewis and Clark (including her close relationship with Clark). The book includes an afterword addressing some of the gaps in the historical record, as well as a timeline and map.This book would benefit librarians interested in examining the Sacagawea story from an historical perspective. Its large size and excellent illustrations would make it well suited to a story circle or classroom reading setting, and it is also likely to draw attention in a book display or exhibit. Sacagawea would also be an excellent resource for starting discussions on the telling of historical stories, how to address missing or contested facts, and how to study historical figures about whom there is limited or no first-hand data.
jlowens4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story, "Sacagawea" was a biography on the life of Sacagawea. The story taught us many things about her life such as; where she was from, her tribe, what happened to her, and where she ended up. Overall I felt as though this was a good book to use when teaching about Sacagawea.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lewis and Clark's historic journey through the Louisiana Purchase may have been cut short had it not been for the quick actions of an unpaid person with the group. Sacagawea rescued vital items--journals, gunpowder, medicines, and scientific instruments--from a boat when it nearly overturned. Author Lise Erdrich has done conscientious research on Sacagawea and tells her story with sensitivity and just enough brevity for children 8 to 13 years old. Younger children might enjoy the illustrations by Julie Buffalohead, but they may not have the attention span to sit through reading the entire story. The main illustrations are impressionistic and fill the pages. Smaller illustrations are done in pen and ink and enhance the descriptions. Erdrich tells the story of the young Shoshone girl captured by Hidatsa warriors and named Sacagawea or Bird Woman. After four years with the Hidatsa, Sacagawea was given in marriage to a French fur trapper, Toussaint Charbonneau, who was at least 20 years older than the girl, estimated to be no more than 16. Charbonneau, described as 'wily,' offers to assist Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery as a guide and interpreter for the group. In reality, it is Sacagawea who is the interpreter. Sacagawea delivers her first child just before traveling with the Corps and carries her infant son on her back, in a cradleboard or wrapped in a shawl. She assisted Lewis and Clark in other ways, looking for plants to keep the crew healthy, digging for wild artichoke roots and gathering berries as they traveled. Erdrich retells touching moments when the Corps arrives at the Shoshone camp. She recognizes some of the people; among them is her brother, now the chief. The Corps continues on, all the way to the Pacific ocean, and Sacagawea insists on seeing the ocean herself. When the exploration party returns to St. Louis, Mo., they are greeted with cheers and celebrations, since no one believed they still survived. Sacagawea's life is more difficult to follow up on, and in the afterward, Erdrich tells about the differing theories on her death after the Corps of Discovery. The map and timeline at the back of the book are a nice addition for older children who would like a more visual review of the trip. The only thing missing might be a pronunciation guide for some of the other names such as Shoshone, Hidatsa, Charbonneau, and Nez Perce. And if there was any more question about how to spell Sacagawea, Erdrich clears it up for everyone in the preface. No matter how you spell Sacagawea, it's nice to learn about another strong woman in history.