The Captain's Dog

The Captain's Dog

My Journey With the Lewis and Clark Tribe

Book - 2008
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Captain Meriwether Lewis's dog Seaman describes his experiences as he accompanies his master on the Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore the uncharted western wilderness.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2008, 2000.
Edition: 1st Harcourt pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780756904760
Branch Call Number: FIC/SMITH
Characteristics: 291 p. : map ; 18 cm.


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May 16, 2017

Summary: Born the runt of his litter and gambled away to a rusty old riverman, the Newfoundland pup Seaman doesn’t imagine his life will be marked by any kind of glory–beyond chasing down rats. But when he meets Captain Meriwether Lewis, Seaman finds himself on a path that will make history. Lewis is just setting off on his landmark search for the Northwest Passage, and he takes Seaman along. Sharing the curiosity and strength of spirit of his new master, Seaman proves himself a valuable companion at every turn. Part history, part science–and adventure through and through–The Captain’s Dog is the carefully researched, thrilling tale of America’s greatest journey of discovery, as seen through the keen, compassionate eyes of a remarkable dog.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Time To Read: 45 minutes. It’s a really short book – about 304 pages.

Pros: I absolutely LOVE THIS BOOK. It’s really well written and you can’t put it down! It also serves as a history book – I learned a lot about the Lewis and Clark Expedition that I had never known before. You must read it!

Cons: I feel that some of the punishments are a little harsh. 100 whippings for drinking more than your share of whisky? Sheesh!

Overall: It’s a wonderful book and a must-read. I love it so much, but unfortunately it’s a library book which means I have to return it at some point. I believe that your local library should carry it.


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