In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I LOVE to read. I don’t have much time to read, between having 4 kids, homeschooling them, and being a homemaker. I like to read in the little spare time I manage to find. I was given the opportunity to read and review Sacagawea: Brave Explorers Every Child Should Know. offered by Knowledge Quest, and written by Karla Akins.
After downloading the book, the first thing I noticed is that it’s a fairly short story in terms of novels. It is 112 pages. This is not a bad thing, in my opinion. Sacagawea is a historical fictionalized novel that is geared for ages 8-14, but you could certainly read this aloud to your younger children, which is what I did. Well, I actually read it aloud to all 4 of my kids at once as part of our school day. The book was originally written and released as 4 episodes: Stolen, Survival, Passage, and Equal. It tells the story of Sacagawea’s kidnapping from her tribe, the Shoshone, along with her sister Otter Woman, their being taken into slavery by the Hidatsa tribe, her arranged marriage to Frenchman Charbonneau (again, with her sister), and her expedition travel with Lewis and Clark. I’m not giving away too much about the story, though, you have to read it for yourself!
What I think is so cool about this book, is that it’s interactive. I’ve heard of interactive books for kids where you read the story and push buttons on the side of the book to hear a character speak, but this book is WAY more awesome. The story actually contains links that you can click to get more information about people/places in the story. There are a LOT of links, too, which opens the book up to some extra information and discussion with your children. Before reading the book, I didn’t really know much about Sacagawea. I’m not usually much for historical reading, but I found Sacagawea to be a wonderfully interesting read! My children enjoyed it as well, and my 2 oldest even chose to read some on their own.
Sacagawea is available for purchase on Amazon for $4.97, or if you have Prime, you can borrow it for free. I really enjoyed the book, and will likely read it again very soon!