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Shirley Raye Redmond

Autor(a) de Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President

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Obras por Shirley Raye Redmond

Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President (2003) 749 exemplares, 5 críticas
Tentacles!: Tales of the Giant Squid (2003) 317 exemplares, 1 crítica
Pigeon Hero! based on the true story (2003) 56 exemplares, 1 crítica
Fairies! A True Story (2012) 22 exemplares
Blind Tom (2009) 17 exemplares, 1 crítica
Grampa and the Ghost (1994) 9 exemplares, 1 crítica
Rosemary's Glove (2009) 8 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum




Mustygusher | Dec 19, 2022 |
Shirley Raye Redmond explores the history and legend of the Jersey Devil in this informational book for children. A creature said to haunt the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey, the Devil is a portmanteau animal, and has been described in a variety of ways. It is commonly said to have a horse or dog-like head, be bipedal, and have wings and a forked tail. Folktales about its origin claim that it was the thirteenth child of one Mrs. Leeds, of Leeds Point, New Jersey, born in 1735. It has been sighted many times over the years, in the centuries since, sometimes by very prominent people, has been blamed for depredations on livestock and companion animals, and has caused public panic, during one series of incidents in 1909. Redmond discusses this history, as well as the different contemporary theories about what the Devil truly is, and how the legend came to be. The book closes with notes, a glossary, a list of further reading, and an index...

Part of KidHaven Press' Monsters series, exploring "weird, creepy, and mysterious creatures from movies, mythology, and maybe even real life," The Jersey Devil is a title I might never have picked up, in the ordinary course of events. It's the sort of publication created explicitly for the juvenile library market, and was most likely never widely available in stores. In any case, the librarian in the children's room at my public library pressed it upon me, when I came in to pick up Trinka Hakes Noble's picture-book, The Legend of the Jersey Devil, and I decided to give it a try. On the whole, I found it engaging, and I think I would have enjoyed it as a young person. I appreciated the chance to learn a little bit more about this creature of New Jersey folklore, and the different theories as to its origin. I was surprised to discover that the list of people claiming to have seen it included so many prominent people - Commodore Stephen Decatur, Joseph Bonaparte, entire police departments - and was interested in the different real-world animals that could explain the legend. Although very basic to adult eyes, this provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject for children, perhaps ages seven and above. There are some disturbing elements - including a photograph of a dead lamb, killed by an unknown predator - so the parents and teachers of more sensitive young people might want to beware. Otherwise, I'd recommend this to young folklore lovers and cryptid hunters.
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AbigailAdams26 | Oct 4, 2021 |
lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
I really liked this rendition of the historical Lewis and Clark tale. It's a great story of excitement and adventure. This story brings in the very beginning when President Thomas Jefferson wondered how long it would take to reach the Pacific Ocean. According to the book, he writes a letter to his friend Meriwether Lewis. At this point, Lewis, a soldier, invites his friend William Clark to come along as well. These two assemble their team and even their trusty dog and head off for the Pacific Ocean. Along the way they explore, collect, and meet new animals. They drew pictures of animals they had never seen before like the buffalo, grizzly bear, and the jackrabbit. They are trying to decide what present they can send back to the President and decide that a prairie dog is a great present. I love the illustrations in this book and the imagination about what to name the "prairie dog". I think this is fun way for kids to learn about history. This would be a fun way to introduce a Lewis and Clark lesson for the whole classroom. Even reading this kid's story it makes me think about how brave these men must have been to set off for a New Frontier. I can't imagine meeting animals in the wild that I had never met before! Now why do you think they named the animal, "prairie dog"? Also, do you think the President liked his gift? Well, you will have to read it to find out!… (mais)
TracyMahoni | 4 outras críticas | Sep 9, 2017 |


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