Books by Rhoda Blumberg

ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

An account of York and the Lewis and Clark Expedition is two stories in one: the grandeur of the expedition and the cruelty of slavery. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2001

"Once again, Blumberg shows her ability to combine high adventure with vivid historical detail to open a window onto the past. (source note) (Biography. 10-13)"
The life of Manjiro Nakahama, also known as John Mung, makes an amazing story: shipwrecked as a young fisherman for months on a remote island, rescued by an American whaler, he became the first Japanese resident of the US. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A great and thorough work. (b&w photos, reproductions, maps, chronology, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This well-written book guides readers through the history of the Louisiana Purchase, from Napoleon's desire to regain the province of Louisiana for the French, to the territory's purchase by the US under President Thomas Jefferson. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

Among the best storytellers writing history today, Blumberg (The Remarkable Voyages of Captain Cook, 1991, etc.) presents one of the most ambitious construction projects in modern times as a colorful tale of relentless cupidity and heroic, roughneck effort. Read full book review >
BLOOMERS! by Rhoda Blumberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"In lively prose supported by Morgan's subtly amusing watercolors, Blumberg (Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun, 1985, Newbery Honor) tells the youngest readers how the infancy of the women's rights movement put a twist in the knickers of American history. (Picture book. 5-10)"
On seeing friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton's trousers, Amelia Bloomer ``decided that women needed freedom not only from drunken husbands but also from cumbersome, crippling clothes.'' As with any revolutionary style change, ``bloomers,'' named for the editor of a women's journal, The Lily, shocked the public. Read full book review >
JUMBO by Rhoda Blumberg
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Bibliography. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 8-11)"
Under the loving care of his longtime keeper Matthew Scott, the scrawny, neglected Jumbo (a name chosen as sounding vaguely African) grew to be ``the largest animal in captivity in the entire world,'' a celebrity on two continents. Read full book review >
THE REMARKABLE VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN COOK by Rhoda Blumberg
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"To include 70 b&w prints (not seen); chapter notes; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
The author of several notable works of nonfiction (Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun, Newbery Honor, 1985) introduces a famous explorer, detailing his three voyages, placing his discoveries in their 18th-century setting, and noting their significance. Read full book review >