Sacagawea by Judith St. George

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If it had not been for President Thomas Jefferson, Sacagawea would have lived out her life in the wilderness as the unknown Shoshone wife of a French-Canadian fur trapper. But in 1803 Jefferson ordered Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to find a route from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean, and to gather information about the Indians they encountered. In a village on the Missouri River, Lewis and Clark met Sacagawea, the young woman who would travel with them on their historic Journey of Discovery.

With her husband and her infant son, Sacagawea accompanied Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery as they braved rapids, blizzards, hunger, illness, grizzly bears and hostile Indians. She found them roots and berries to eat, helped them negotiate for horses, and explained their peaceful intentions to the tribes they met along the way. When they finally reached the Pacific, Sacagawea shared in their triumph.

Using the journals of Lewis, Clark and other members of the expedition, award-winning author Judith St. George brings to life the story of this remarkable woman and her contribution to one of America's great journeys of exploration.
 

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Judith St. George lives in Connecticut.
 
Published September 22, 1997 by Putnam Juvenile. 128 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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So little is known of Sacagawea's life before or after the Lewis and Clark Expedition that its story and hers are virtually the same, but St. George (To See with the Heart, 1996, etc.) enhances her account of the journey's oft-told incidents and accomplishments with a character portrait based on ...

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Drawing from the journals of Lewis, Clark and other members of the 1804 Journey of Discovery expedition, St. George (Crazy Horse) has written an uneven biography of one of the most important women in

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The weakest part of the account is when the author gingerly explores what Sacagawea is thinking: ""Charbonneau wouldn't have been Sacagawea's choice of a husband, but then what woman ever had a choice?"" The author is at her strongest when she sticks to facts culled from the journals: details abo...

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