I Am Sacagawea

I Am Sacagawea
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August 01, 2012
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 124-125) and index. A biography of Shoshoni Indian Sacagawea, known for guiding the Lewis and Clark expedition across the western half of the United States from 1804 to 1806, discussing her childhood and kidnapping by the Hidatsa tribe, her marriage to Toussaint Charbonneau, and the mystery surrounding her death.

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There is little documentation about the life of Sacagawea, who was kidnapped by another tribe, sold as a teenager to be the second wife of a French trader, and who ended up on the Lewis and Clark expedition because her husband wanted to go with them and knew her skills could be valuable to the team. The information we have is mainly from the log notes, which detail the birth of her son, an illness from which Clark nursed her back, and her help and calm attitude during the trip. Little is known about her life after the trip-- she may have died within a few years of returning, or she may have lived to be 94! This book, with its black and white illustrations, covers the basics of her life in 124 pages and includes other resources at the back.

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This series is great for introducing students to the pleasures of reading biographies. I hope to see it in the school book fair.
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