Sacagawea Sacagawea

The Making of a Legend


Author: Rick Book


Illustrated by Amanda Dow



This is the story of 16-year-old Sacagawea, who served as a guide and interpreter for Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their seminal journey to the Pacific in 1804-06. Captured by a rival tribe, then sold and married to a French Canadain fur trader, Sacagawea joins the famous party, the only woman. Soon outshining her husband's translation ability with her knowledge of three languages, as well as finely honed survival skills, she becomes a favorite of Clark's and indispensible member of the team.



Rick-BookAuthor: Rick Book


Author of Sacagawea and Blackships / Thanadelthur


Rick is a Saskatchewan-born writer and voice actor living in Toronto. His short story collection, Necking With Louise, has won several awards and is being published in the United States, Germany and Mexico. He has also written a children's picture book, The Lonely Seagull, as well as stories in anthologies for Canadian schools.


Rick worked for the CBC for 10 years as a news reporter, and has written national advertising campaigns and documentaries. As a voice actor, he narrates commercials, documentaries and books for children. He is co-founder of Friends of Attawapiskat, a support group that sends hockey equipment and musical instruments to a Cree community on James Bay.


Rick has just finished writing Sacagawea: The Making of a Legend (March 2003), about the Shoshone teen who accompanied Lewis and Clark in 1803-6 on their journey to the Pacific. Told from her point of view, the story tells of the adventures and transformation of a young woman, originally brought along as the wife of a translator, to that of a central figure in the expedition. Part of the Young Heroes of North America series, this exciting story is first being released in an illustrated paperback format.


Blackships / Thanadelthur is the first volume of Young Heroes of North America. Working with historians, archaeologists and cultural specialists, Rick brings history to life and celebrates the remarkable and little known achievements of real stories and real people who changed the course of history in North America (see accompanying information).


His son and daughter are his in-house editors and critics.



Illustrator: Amanda Dow


A Calgary native, Amanda Dow trained as an archaeologist at the University of Calgary and continues to work on a regular basis on archaeological digs throughout Alberta. Her natural artistic talent found expression in interpretive drawings of the sites she encountered.


Sacagawea: The Making of A Legend is Amanda's second book as a primary artist, the first was Blackships / Thanadelthur (Young Hereos of North America Vol. 1) Both books required much archival research into the colorful and distinctive world of early north american cultures and American, French and British colonial costumes. The result are colorful, lively and descriptive illustrations that draw readers into a world so little seen.



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Original drawings


112 pp


ISBN: 978-1-896150-40-3



$14.95 CDN

$9.95 US






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