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WESTWARD HO! by Charlotte Foltz Jones


Eleven Explorers of the West

by Charlotte Foltz Jones

Age Range: 10 & up

Pub Date: April 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8234-1586-4
Publisher: Holiday House

In the midst of the current Lewis and Clark bicentennial, young readers may get the idea that Lewis and Clark were the only early explorers of the American continent. This survey expands the discussion to include 11 other explorers, before and after the famous Corps of Discovery. Quick to point out that this is a story of white men exploring land already inhabited by Native Americans Jones is ultimately celebrating the spirit of exploration, offering an ode to “anyone who can know the dangers but face them willingly.” She provides solid footnoting and an extensive time line, though many of the sources noted are older volumes from university presses and there is no guide to sources for young readers. An abundance of maps and illustrations, cartoons and portraits contributes to a handsome volume excellent for research or browsing. (introduction, note to the reader, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)