cover image Off the Map: The Journals of Lewis and Clark

Off the Map: The Journals of Lewis and Clark

William Clark / Author, Peter Roop / Author, Tim Tanner / Author
Judicious editing and handsome design are evidence of the authors' and illustrator's creative introduction of historic source materials--in this case, the eight-volume Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition , which recorded the famous explorations of 1804-1806. Excerpts from the journals are framed by a fact-filled prologue and epilogue. While the book's effectiveness would have been enhanced by even more explanatory matter, such as a timeline, or a glossary explaining terms like ``equipage'' and ``pirogue,'' the Roops' chronological arrangement imparts a feel for the challenges and dangers of the 8000-mile trip through the Louisiana Purchase, and Tanner's warm-toned, textured paintings amplify the text. Ages 8-12. (May)