Read Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis & Clark by Gail Langer Karwoski Online


It is 1804, the year that Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the Corps of Discovery set out for their now-legendary exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, departing St. Louis to travel across the continent to the Pacific Ocean and back.This fictionalized biography of Lewis and Clark's journey introduces Seaman, a 150-pound Newfoundland dog and unheralded member of the CoIt is 1804, the year that Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the Corps of Discovery set out for their now-legendary exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, departing St. Louis to travel across the continent to the Pacific Ocean and back.This fictionalized biography of Lewis and Clark's journey introduces Seaman, a 150-pound Newfoundland dog and unheralded member of the Corps, to young historians. Seaman travels the long journey with the Corps, playing a key role in the expedition's success by catching and retrieving game, and protecting the team from wild animals and hostile Native Americans.Gail Langer Karwoski's thrilling account of Lewis and Clark's expedition with the Corps of Discovery, Seaman, and eventually Sacagawea, full of accurate details drawn from Lewis's own diary entries, will draw readers into one of the most exciting chapters in American history....

Title : Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis & Clark
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9781561452767
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 187 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis & Clark Reviews

  • Sarah Bierle
    2019-01-22 10:59

    It's a great story! My mother read this book to me when I was about seven. When I was younger my favorite thing about this story was that it focused on Seaman and made the big dog so friendly and personable. As I've gotten older and my reading and historical knowledge has increased, I still enjoy this account. I appreciate that it focuses on Seaman and his relationship with his human friends, but doesn't tell the story from Seaman's first person perspective. The information about the Corps of Discovery is excellent and definitely age appropriate for the target audience of younger readers. I appreciate the observations of Lewis and Clark's comradeship and leadership; the other historical characters - corps members and Native Americans - are also well portrayed. Warning: the ending is thought (and maybe tear) provoking, but very good and it does conclude positively.This is a great historical fiction and I still enjoy it. Highly recommended.

  • Holly Ferris
    2019-02-08 12:41

    Every since I was a kid, I had this picture book of the journey of Lewis and Clark with their loyal dog Seaman, since then I have fallen in love with that dog and their story. Reading this book was a very fun read and made the history really come to life!

  • Avery
    2019-01-20 11:55

    I love historical fiction so of course I loved this book. It helped me understand the fact of the 'wild west' better and also the hardships of the Corps of Discovery.

  • Ava
    2019-02-07 18:48

    Seaman is a very intriguing book about a courageous and loyal dog named Seaman as he travels with Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery on a historical adventure. The author, Gail Langer Karwoski, used Lewis's diary own in order to write this book. Based on the journal entries, Seaman played a huge role in the success of the expedition. While the author used actual notes from Lewis's diary, she also used her own imagination to make the story more realistic. The book includes vivid details about the thrilling things this dog does for his owners' safety and well being. At first, Seaman is hesitant to venture aboard a boat that would travel up the Mississippi River into utter wilderness, but a strong bond eventually develops between Lewis and his trusty companion. Every day spent traveling with Seaman on the boat was memorable, including successful hunts as well as the days Lewis spent ill. Seaman proved to be an amazing prey retriever. For example, only a few days into the trip, a large group of squirrels traversed the mighty river in front of the boat! Seaman immediately jumped into the water and caught as many squirrels as the men could eat! I found this part of the book very interesting because I never would have imagined that squirrels would attempt to cross a river, let alone in large quantities. The Corps of Discovery encountered many Native Americans during their voyage, and Seaman helped the Corps of Discovery appear more impressive than they felt. His enormous size and intimidating jaws kept the Indians from raiding camp. These characteristics also saved Lewis from a colossal grizzly bear with an immense appetite. When the Corps of Discovery was forced to cross the Rocky Mountains, Seaman helped keep everyone's spirits up, even when they were suffering from cold and hunger. After crossing the never-ending fang-white mountains, their destination of the Pacific Ocean was just around the corner. When the Corps of Discovery reached the expanse of turquoise salt water, Seaman officially lived up to his name. He was named Seaman because his master knew he would get to experience the unforgiving sea. No one knows what happened to Seaman after the Corps of Discovery returned from their adventure, but in the book, he continued to explore the West with a member of the expedition, John Colter. I will always remember this book and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys heroic dog stories.

  • LuAnn
    2019-02-02 17:10

    Engaging chronological retelling of Lewis and Clark’s amazing Expedition to the Pacific. Focusing on their dog, Seaman, increases the appeal to young people; however, keeping the narration in the third person doesn’t limit the author to the dog’s point of view. Their feats of finding their way across half the continent without maps; crossing the Rockies twice; enduring mosquitoes, gnats, starvation; running rapids in handmade canoes, meeting mostly friendly natives peoples; portaging supplies and boats around numerous waterfalls, while losing only one Corps of Discovery member and sending back numerous specimens and scientific observations, is awe-inspiring. And it only took them two years, four months and ten days!

  • Leah
    2019-01-23 14:50

    We listened to an audiobook of this for school. It was well researched and I think that the way the book highlights the dog and his relationship with his human friends might make this story more interesting for some kids. I think dog fans would really love this book. It is written "about" the dog not from his point of view. The author was able to blend the history about the trip and what we know about the dog from the actual journals of Lewis and Clark. Although it was interesting there have been other books we have read this year that my daughter and I liked better. My son liked it fine.

  • Amy
    2019-01-27 16:59

    Historical fiction for kids re: Lewis and Clark. Bringing the dog into the spotlight seems like a great way to hook kids and it worked for Bea (though to be fair she loves history anyway and has already been interested in and learned a lot about L&C, etc.)The book doesn't gloss over the hardships of the trip though - illness, hunger, death, troubles with the native tribes.... so reader beware. Bea had read a lot of picture books on the subject so she was prepared.

  • Savannah
    2019-02-10 16:59

    This one is livelier than the other similar title I read, which is interesting because that one is actually written from the pov of the dog, where this one is simply about him. The other has some more interesting episodes; this one has the more interesting writing. I think that ultimately this one is a touch more accessible, even if both are equally likely to appeal to kids.

  • Marie
    2019-01-24 17:51

    The dog angle makes this kid-friendly, but it is not dumbed down. The author included loads of historical details from primary sources-- from terrain and wildlife to the fact that Sacagawea's husband was terrible at steering boats. My kids and I all learned a lot, and we all agreed that we wished we could give Seaman a big hug.

  • Gabriel
    2019-02-09 16:44

    Lewis bought Seaman for $20. Seaman was a Newfoundland dog. Seaman was bit by a beaver on the way to the Pacific and couldn't move for a week! Lewis and Clark never found the North West Passage. Seaman stayed with two trappers, Hancock and Dixson. Nobody knows what happened to him! This is a GREAT book!

  • Mitchell
    2019-02-15 13:59

    This book was a fun perspective on the Lewis and Clark expedition. There were references throughout their records to the Newfoundland Dog that traveled with them. This book records the dogs exploits.There is an interesting Google Lit Trip of the book found at

  • Kelly Holland
    2019-01-23 15:55

    This is a remarkable book for teaching Lewis and Clark to children. The research blended with fiction and actual journal entries makes the story come alive. Highly recommended even if you're not teaching it!

  • Annie Evans
    2019-02-03 13:45

    Normally not an animal person, or an animal book person, but this one was an interesting way to hook my students into the story of the greatest real estate deal in the history of the U.S. as told through the eyes of the dog.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-09 18:41

    I thought this was a fun, interesting twist on the Lewis and Clark expedition. It is written for young adults/children, so it is lighter than other historical accounts. I enjoyed it, and it made me want to play with a newfoundland dog! I am planning on reading it with the kids.

  • Elise
    2019-02-02 19:11

    This book not only held the interest of my sons, but I looked forward to reading it each night. It was also neat to look at the modern map showing where Lewis & Clark had explored. I loved the description of the Pacific Ocean having lived on the coast myself.

  • Bailey
    2019-01-19 16:55

    This book is AWESOME!!!!:-D

  • Claudia
    2019-02-08 11:57

    fun perspective for children on the Lewis & Clark adventure from sea to shining sea!

  • Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
    2019-02-08 13:06

    A touching book I read in grade school.

  • Carol
    2019-02-09 18:55

    An easy entry into the Lewis & Clark expedition. The illustrations are wonderful, along with quotes with original spelling from the journals.

  • Jordan Smith
    2019-02-01 19:09

    Great fictional retelling of the Lewis and Clark expedition through the eyes of Lewis' dog, Seaman, a Newfoundland that went across the west with the Corps of Discovery.

  •  Jed
    2019-02-17 12:41

    It's mainly about the dog's journey. Very cool perspective of the famous adventure

  • Ryan
    2019-02-14 14:43

    I could read it thousands times and still want to read it again.

  • Butta
    2019-01-19 18:05

    this book was really cool and kinda sad seaman a dog goes on the lewis and clark expedisoin and gose all the way to the western sea

  • Pat
    2019-02-02 10:57

    Fictionalized account of the Lewis and Clark journey, with special attention on Seaman the dog. Some graphic sections which may upset younger readers.