Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Crossing by Donna Jo Napoli

Napoli, Donna Jo The Crossing, illustrated by Jim Madsen.  Simon, 2011.  $17.  PICTURE BOOK.  Gorgeous illustrations accompany the musings of baby Jean Batiste as he accompanies his mother, Sacajawea, and Lewis and Clark on their journey to the west coast.  While the writing is evocative, it is not very engaging for a young reader.  This book would probably be best appreciated by an American History teacher or Lewis and Clark buff.  I wish the writing had been more informational, because these illustrations are so beautiful that I want to want to share this with my teachers, but I doubt they would use it in the classroom.  EL – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher.

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