Tuesday, June 2, 2015

ARC Review: Sacajawea (Women Who Broke the Rules)

Title: Sacajawea: Lewis and Clark Would be Lost Without Me
Series: Women Who Broke the Rules
Author: Kathleen Krull
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
Source: ARC from Bloomsbury
Rating: ☆☆☆☆

A new series complete with full-color illustrations that celebrates amazing women, from acclaimed author Kathleen Krull!

In the vein of the popular Who Was? series and Jean Fritz's much-loved biographies, Women Who Broke the Rules celebrates the bold and brave women who have forged their own paths - breaking the rules along the way - to help shape our country's past, present, and future.

Sacajawea forged such a path when she made one of the most remarkable journeys in American history. At age sixteen, she traveled over four thousand miles by foot, canoe, and horse - all while carrying a baby on her back! Without her, the Lewis and Clark expedition might have failed. Two hundred years later, we still can see how her unique journey demonstrated the strength and value of women.

My Review

When reading and reviewing children's books, I look for a lot of things to ensure that the book is not only entertaining, but that it is also either informative or teaches some sort of a lesson for children in their growing years. When it comes to nonfiction children's books, I like to look for accurate information but the books also need to be easy enough to read for children to grasp the information that is being fed to them. Sacajawea, one of the books in the Women Who Broke the Rules series by Kathleen Krull, targeted for readers aged 6-9, does just that. It entertains and teaches children about one of America's most important historical figures.

This book tells the tale of Sacajawea, the Shoshone woman who helped Lewis and Clark explore the new land that was acquired in the Louisiana Purchase. Every child in America learns about Sacajawea and the Lewis and Clark expedition in elementary school, and some of them become so interested in her story that they look for more information. This book is perfect for those children.

I really enjoyed reading this book, and I think that young children will really savor this book with its delightful illustrations and informative text.

There were a few things in this book that I never knew before, and I was glad to see them included in this book because I'm sure that some of the children reading will discover that information for the first time as well. I would recommend this illustrated book for children, especially young girls, between six and eight years old. It will be a great addition to your children's shelves this summer so they can keep their minds active during the summer months.

P.S. It's being released in hardcover and paperback simultaneously, so you don't even have to wait if you prefer softcover books.


  1. Konstantina PapazoglouJune 2, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Aaww this is so great! I don't know the story of Sacajawea, so I believe I'd learn some new things. I would gladly buy it for my nieces :)

    Aeriko @ http://thereadingarmchair.blogspot.com

  2. It is, Aeriko! It was such a cute and informative book. Any child would be lucky to read it. :)


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