Down the Colorado
John Wesley Powell, the One-Armed Explorer
By Deborah Kogan Ray
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374318383, 48pp.)
Publication Date: October 16, 2007
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Although John Wesley Powell’s minister father always wanted his son to follow in his footsteps, young Wes had different plans for his future. Enraptured by the wonders of the natural world, he was determined to take the path of science. Even after losing his right arm below the elbow in battle during the Civil War, Wes would not be deterred from his dream of leading the first scientific expedition down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon. Braving treacherous rapids and perilous waterfalls, Major Powell would surpass all expectations and return home a national hero.
With breathtaking illustrations and excerpts from Powell’s own journals, Deborah Kogan Ray brings to vivid life the exploits and explorations of one of America’s greatest conservationists. Down the Colorado is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
DEBORAH KOGAN RAY is an award-winning author and illustrator of children's books, including The Flower Hunter, an NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, and To Go Singing through the World: The Childhood of Pablo Neruda. She lives outside Philadelphia in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.
“Stunning . . . An exciting adventure story and an instructive account of the exploration of the West.”—Booklist "An exciting, page-turning adventure."—Starred, School Library Journal