Title; Seaman’s JournalSeaman's Journal
Author: Patricia Reeder Eubank
Pages: 32
Recommended Ages: 6 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★★

I LOVE SEAMAN.

There, I’ve said it. No human character has ever had the ability to worm their way into my heart as speedily and securely as animals do, and of all the animal characters I have loved, Seaman is second only to Balto.

But we don’t need to talk about that *ahem* childish *ahem* obsession *ahem*.

In Seaman’s Journal – On the Trail with Lewis and Clark, Patricia Reeder Eubank worked an absolute wonder. We first meet Seaman in this delightfully doggish description of his role on the expedition –

President Jefferson chose Lewis to be in charge of an expedition called the Corps of Discovery. We are to find a route to the Pacific Ocean. I am in charge of Lewis.

:) The text is written as “journal entries”, with short paragraphs describing the major occurrences of the expedition. Every page is a top to bottom illustration with the main picture depicting the action of the text and little side illustrations showing the various animals and items Seaman mentions in his entry – thing like catfish, prickly pear cactus, tomahawks, pemmican hammers, and candle molds. It’s just delightful.

Sacajawea is a mom now and I have a baby to watch over. She named her baby Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. Clark calls him “Pompey,” or “Pomp.” Will he call me “Uncle Seaman?”

:D

Best of all is the attached bookmark in the shape of Seaman. <3

Seaman mentions having heard a legend about a “Spirit Mound” where eighteen-inch-tall men live.

Conclusion. Splendid. The interest developed here may lead readers to read Cross Country with Lewis and Clark and Lewis and Clark and Me.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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