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Down the Colorado

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Down the Colorado

John Wesley Powell, the One-Armed Explorer

By Deborah Kogan Ray

Frances Foster Books, Hardcover, 9780374318383, 44pp.

Publication Date: October 16, 2007


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.

About the Author
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.

Praise For Down the Colorado

“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