Picked by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the unknown wilds of the Louisiana Territory, Meriwether Lewis assembles a rugged team of adventurers, including co-captain William Clark - and a Newfoundland dog named Seaman. As hunter, retriever, and guard, Seaman becomes a trusted member of the Corps of Discovery. While the team tackles raging rivers and muddy shallows, Seaman is there - sharing their hunger and fatigue. Whether Indians threaten or grizzlies roar, he stands his ground. And through mountain peak or valley deep, Seaman remains a watchful friend and determined foe.
©2002 Laurence Pringle (P)2008 Recorded Books
“… a richly detailed … intriguing … treasure trove of information about the expedition and the dog that was its most unusual participant.”—Library Journal “Full of adventure and excitement, this book contains a wonderful mix of intriguing stories and historical facts.”—Childhood Education
Did not read the print edition.
Any good book about explorers. The dog may be featured at times, but the story is really about Lewis and Clark and their long, perilous, historic journey to the West Coast and back.
The narration didn't take the form of portraying individual characters. It was a straight-forward narration, and very well done.
I cried when Lewis died, for him and for his dog, who could not bear to be without his master.
I loved this book. As I read, I felt as if I were part of the expedition. If I had the time, I would happily have finished this story in one sitting. That says something about the author and the narrator, since this is a well-known tale and not a mystery. Still, I felt caught up in the same sense of excitement and suspense that was felt by the members of the expedition as they traveled the vast unknown territory of the West. And I enjoyed learning more about Seaman, the truly heroic dog, faithful companion to Captain Lewis.
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