The Great Expedition of Lewis and Clark

by Private Reubin Field, Member of the Corps of Discovery

By Judith Edwards; Sally Wern Comport (Illustrator)
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374380397, 40pp.)

Publication Date: September 2003

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A flavorful account to commemorate its bicentennial

In 1803 a young farmer named Reubin Field enlisted for a journey of enormous import. Commissioned by President Jefferson and headed by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, a "Corps of Discovery" was to make its way through dangerous terrain and harsh conditions to blaze a trail to the Pacific Ocean. Focusing on a lesser-known figure from the Corps, Judith Edwards has imagined what Reubin’s voice might have been like, and how he might have told his version of the long journey.

The folksy narrative provides an accessible and entertaining overview of the expedition, and Sally Wern Comport’s majestic pictures honor this grand moment in the story of America.

About the Author

Judith Edwards is the author of a number of biographies for children. She lives in Springfield, Vermont.

Among the books Sally Wern Comport has illustrated for children is The Story of Thanksgiving by Robert Merrill Bartlett. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

Praise For The Great Expedition of Lewis and Clark

"The inviting format, lively prose, and dramatic illustrations make this one of the better offerings for the bicentennial of the grand event." -Kirkus Reviews

"Entertaining and lively." --School Library Journal

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