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Dog of discovery : a Newfoundland's adventures with Lewis and Clark
Pringle, Laurence, 1935-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
149 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A detailed account of the Lewis and Clark expedition features the dog that was its most unusual member. Selections form the actual journals of Lewis and Clark appear throughout the text.
General Note:
Maps on endpapers.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.6 6.0 61270.
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Author Notes

Laurence Pringle was raised on an isolated farm in western New York. He studied wildlife biology at Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and had begun to seek a doctorate in that field. But for several reasons, including trouble with some subjects, Pringle decided to switch to journalism.

In 1962, he was looking for a job as an editor and writer with an outdoor or science magazine. He found an opening with Nature and Science, a children's magazine published by The American Museum of Natural History. Pringle joined that magazine in early 1963 and during the seven years of that magazine's life, learned a lot about writing for young readers. His friend and editor at the magazine encouraged Pringle to write a book for children. His first manuscript was rejected by several publishers but was finally accepted and published in 1968.

When Nature and Science was disbanded in the spring of 1970, Pringle had two choices: look for another editing job or try to survive as a freelance writer. He chose to become a writer and is now the highly acclaimed author of over a hundred books. He writes mainly biographical and environmental stories for children and young adults.

Pringle is the recipient of two major awards for his body of writing; the Eva L. Gordon Award for Children's Science Literature and the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award in 1999. He has won national awards from the American Nature Study Society and the National Wildlife Federation. Many of his books, including Everybody Has a Bellybutton, have been cited by the National Science Teacher's Association/Children's Book Council as "Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children." In 1998, the National Council of Teachers of English selected his book An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly for the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. Though classified as fiction, this book is less a novel than a lightly fictionalized account of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The arrangement, dated entries, suggests a journal, but the book is written in third person. It focuses on Seaman, Meriwether Lewis' Newfoundland dog, who proved himself a worthy member of the Corps of Discovery. Still, the point of view is that of the explorers, not of the dog. The book follows the facts rather closely, although Pringle does note in the introduction that he has made some "informed guesses" about Seaman based on knowledge of the breed. The result is a very informative story, illustrated with small drawings and photos, studded with sidebars that carry related facts, and bolstered by an afterword, a dated list of entries about Seaman from expedition members' journals, lists of resources, and an index. As the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition (1803-1806) approaches, libraries may find this a good supplement to more traditional presentations of the subject. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers encounter Seaman, the canine that accompanied the men who charted an inland route to the Pacific, in Dog of Discovery: A Newfoundland's Adventures with Lewis and Clark by Laurence Pringle, illus. by Meryl Henderson. Culled from "every incident from [their] journals involving Seaman," Pringle's narrative details the expedition from conception to close (1803-1806). Informative sidebars, maps and photographs give readers a feel for the period. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-In 1803, a small group of men set out to explore the unmapped territories west of the United States extending all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Despite many hardships and encounters with grizzly bears, rattlesnakes, and wild rapids, the Corps of Discovery traveled more than 8000 miles and returned triumphantly in the summer of 1806. Among this group was a most unusual member-a Newfoundland dog. As a hunter, retriever, and guard dog, Seaman was a valuable member of the expedition. In this book, he serves as an unusual focus as events unfold. This is a richly detailed and historically accurate account of the expedition, told as dated entries, with clarity and descriptive language. Pringle closely follows and highlights the adventures of Seaman as they appeared in the journals of Lewis and Clark, and the loyalty and devotion he exhibited as he risked his life many times. Selections from their journals appear throughout the story, and Pringle also offers evidence, first discovered in 2000, about what happened to the animal after the expedition came to an end. Intriguing sidebars, maps, historical illustrations, and original art make this a treasure trove of information about the expedition, and the dog that was its most unusual participant.-Janet Gillen, Great Neck Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.