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Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President

Illustrated By: John Manders
Random House, Inc / 2003 / Paperback

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You know that Lewis and Clark explored the Western frontier...but did you know that they also sent back a prairie dog, magpies, buffalo skins and other samples of the west's animals? Kids will enjoy this simple story that highlights the unusual journey these animals took. 46 pages, softcover. Reading Level 3, for children in grades 1-3 who is comfortable tackling new words.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0375811206
ISBN-13: 9780375811203
UPC: 090129811205
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 5-8
Series: Step into Reading

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In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson sends Lewis and Clark out west to explore. He tells them to make maps. He tells them to draw pictures and collect plants. Most importantly, he tells them to send presents! What kind of present is good enough for a president? Beginning readers will truly enjoy reading about this fun and little-known slice of American history.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 7, 2003
    Jennifer McKerley
    Lewis and Clark, A Prairie Dog for the President, is a fun read that's nicely paced. Author Shirley Raye Redmond uses whimsy and humor to tell this historic event: President Jefferson sends the eager Lewis and Clark off to explore the West. The vast young nation has never been fully explored. The president wonders how long it will take to get to the end of it and what they will find. One of my favorite parts is the banter over what to name the barking prairie creature they discover and send back to Jefferson."You can call it a ground rat." "No, it looks like squirrel. I'll call it a barking squirrel." "Squirrels don't bark. Dogs bark. We should call it a prairie dog.""That's it!" Lewis and Clark agreed.Later it starts all over again, when the President asks, "Is it a gopher?"The illustrations by John Manders are just as pleasing. I like the facial expressions on the people and animals, especially the mischievous smile of the prairie dog. Manders is skilled at portraying action and emotions. And like the author, his sense of humor is so much fun. A buffalo and bear pose to be sketched. A buffalo won't fit in a shipping crate. Prairie dogs pop in and out of holes, eluding capture. A poor scout is so weighed down with "presents" for the President, he must be hoisted onto a boat.Together, Shirley Raye Redmond and John Manders have created a delightful book.
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