by Joseph Bruchac

Paperback, 2000



Call number

PB Bru

Call number

PB Bru

Local notes

PB Bru


Silver Whistle (2000), Paperback


Sacajawea, a Shoshoni Indian interpreter, peacemaker, and guide, and William Clark alternate in describing their experiences on the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Northwest.


Original publication date


Physical description

7.5 inches


0439280680 / 9780439280686



User reviews

LibraryThing member crdutton
This was an interesting read aloud. The illustrations were beautiful and students loved them. I incorporated this into a lesson that we were doing on Louis and Clark. We had been discussing how early explorers came into contact and made new friends with these indians. Kids connected well and liked the book.
LibraryThing member VhartPowers
Each chapter alternates in the viewpoint of Capt. Clark and Sacajawea as the story of their journey being told to Sacajawea's Firstborn Son (as she refers to him) and Pomp as Clark refers to him. Though Pomp never has a first person voice, his questions are brought up and answered by Clark or Sacajawea.
I don't particularly care for alternating viewpoint chapters, but I got used to it as the author gives more information of the journey to capture the reader. Of course it's not as detailed as the field notes/journals kept by the men, but even so by the time they made it to "the Great Water That Tastes Bad" I felt for this group having to go all the way back home.
Some of the tribes were helpful, others were greedy and some were thieves.
It boggles the mind to think this teenage new mother made this journey without complaint and was even a great help. I can't imagine any modern teenager doing this and even doubtful most adults could do it. (myself included)
The book recommends the age of 12 and up, but it would have been appropriate for my child at fourth grade.
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