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Jedediah Smith
Nelson, Sharlene P.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [2004]

Physical Description:
63 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 25 cm.
Discusses the life and work of Jedediah Smith, an explorer of the American West and leader of mountain men.
A young man of enterprise -- The adventures begin -- Across the Continental Divide -- On to California -- A perilous journey -- Trail's end.
Reading Level:
940 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.1 1.0 76632.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6 5 Quiz: 34690 Guided reading level: S.
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F592.S649 N45 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Born on January 6,1799, Jedediah Smith became an important explorer and fur trader. He was the first American to cross the Sierra Nevadas and the Great Basin. He also was the first American to reach California by an overland route. His expeditions helped open the American West to thousands of emigrants.

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Booklist Review

Reviewed with Stacy DeKeyser's Sacagawea0 . Gr. 3-6. From the Books of Exploration series, these slender volumes provide abundantly illustrated biographical accounts of two figures in American history. Focusing on the well-documented years of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the first book spotlights Sacagawea, who was about 16 when the Corps of Discovery set out on its journey. Less romanticized than some accounts of Sacagawea, this text presents her story in a straightforward way and acknowledges that sources differ about her later life. The second book introduces a man who further explored the West a generation after Lewis and Clark. From 1826 to 1831, Smith made his way through the land that would become Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. The many colorful illustrations include paintings and prints from many periods, modern photos of sites, and clearly drawn maps. Each book concludes with a time line, a glossary, and lists of recommended books, videos, organizations, and Web sites as well as a note on sources.\b \b0 Other titles in this useful, attractive series can be found in the Series Roundup. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Young Man of Enterprisep. 7
Chapter 2 The Adventures Beginp. 13
Chapter 3 Across the Continental Dividep. 19
Chapter 4 On to Californiap. 27
Chapter 5 A Perilous Journeyp. 37
Chapter 6 Trail's Endp. 47
Timelinep. 53
Glossaryp. 54
To Find Out Morep. 57
A Note on Sourcesp. 60
Indexp. 61