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.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Genre||Picture Books, Social Studies|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
Author: Lise Erdrich
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.
Illustrator: Julie Buffalohead
Julie Buffalohead began her art studies at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and received her MFA from Cornell University. Of Ponca heritage, she spent the majority of her time at Cornell researching the traditional artwork of Native American people. Buffalohead's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.