"The explorers made new friends nearly every day
As natives guided Lewis and Clark on their way.
Soon they added a special friend to their crew,
Her name was Sacagawea, and she helped them get through".
When we arrived at this section it gave me a chance to ask my lad what he remembered about Sacagewea. We had read a book about her last year. it was gratifying to see he remembered something about her. :)
Throughout the book we find images of Ellis the elephant helping out with various duties of the people of Early America. From helping to build a boat to dancing with the natives to discovering new frontiers. Ellis guides the readers along the way.
It's a great way to get an overall view of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Some the hazards they faced, the reason for making it, the help they needed along the way and so much more.
me: What did you like son?
"I liked the elephant...he liked to do everything that the people were doing".
This book was well done. I liked how the rhyme makes it an easy to read book. The Illustrator Susan Arciero does an excellent job of portraying Ellis tagging along with the people in the book. I loved that their was an excellent resource list in the back of the book covering the different episodes of the Lewis and Clark expedition and the events that followed it. I can so easily see this book being used as an introduction to an in-depth study of Lewis and Clark for older children, or as a shorter history for younger children. Based on what I saw in this book, I would have no issues recommending others check them out. Ms. Gingrich has done an excellent job.
Vendor: Ascot Media Group.
Book:From Sea to Shining Sea
Series:Ellis the Elephant
Pages: 40 pages
Type: US History, Children's Literature
Received: Hard cover copy.