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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978037431838348 Pages, Ages 8-10
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Although John Wesley Powell's minister father always wanted his son to follow in his footsteps, young Wes had different plans for his future. Enraptured by the wonders of the natural world, he was determined to take the path of science. Even after losing his right arm below the elbow in battle during the Civil War, Wes would not be deterred from his dream of leading the first scientific expedition down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon. Braving treacherous rapids and perilous waterfalls, Major Powell would surpass all expectations and return home a national hero.
With breathtaking illustrations and excerpts from Powell's own journals, Deborah Kogan Ray brings to vivid life the exploits and explorations of one of America's greatest conservationists.
Down the Colorado is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, James Madison Book Award Honor Book, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy, ALA Notable Children's Books, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies