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.
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.
Shirley Raye Redmond is an author of numerous books for children, including the Step into Readings Tentacles! Tales of the Giant Squid, Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President, and Fairies! A True Story. She and her husband, former Congressman Bill Redmond, have two grown children.
John Manders has illustrated many picture books including Cowboy Christmas, The Soldiers' Night Before Christmas, and The Navy's Night Before Christmas for Golden Books. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.