Seaman
Gail Langer Karwoski

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Narrated By: Charles Carroll

Duration: 6 hours and 31 minutes

What to expect

It is 1804—a historic year in America—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 country to the Pacific Ocean and back.

In this fictionalized biography of the journey based upon the journals of Lewis, Clark, and other members of the team, an unheralded member of the Corps, Seaman, a 150-pound Newfoundland dog, is introduced to young historians. Seaman travels the long journey with the Corps, serving a key role in the expedition’s success, catching and retrieving game, and protecting the expedition team from wild animals and hostile Indians.

Come along with Lewis, Clark, the Corps of Discovery, and Seaman as they meet Sacagawea who joins the expedition, form friendships with several Indian tribes, survive near-death encounters, grizzly bear attacks, and buffalo bull stampedes through the camp, cross the Continental Divide, overcome the wounding of their seemingly fearless leader, Meriwether Lewis, and rejoice as they return to civilization in 1806.

Genre

Children’s / Teenage fiction: Historical fiction, Children’s / Teenage general interest: Discovery and exploration, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Action and adventure stories, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Nature and animal stories, Children’s / Teenage general interest: Pets and pet care: Dogs, Children’s / Teenage general interest: Dogs and wolves

Listen to a sample

“Once young readers begin this fictional account of the dog’s role in the expedition, they will be caught up in the drama and action and even reluctant readers will find it just too good to put down. By concentrating on the interaction of the dog with the members of the Corps of Discovery, Karwoski humanizes the men and woman of the expedition…Interwoven with the story is information about protein shortages, problems with vermin and bugs, and the dangers of having an unskilled braggart as a boatsman.”

School Library Journal

“Based on a true story gleaned from period journals, this historical novel dramatizes the story of Seaman….An effective, fictional introduction to the Lewis and Clark expedition.”

Booklist

“Once young readers begin this fictional account of the dog’s role in the expedition, they will be caught up in the drama and action, and even reluctant readers will find it just too good to put down.”

School Library Journal

“An effective, fictional introduction to the Lewis and Clark expedition.”