Do you include read-alouds in your history curriculum? We do. We LOVE history! And we love Knowledge Quest. If you have never heard of Knowledge Quest, you are missing out. They provide some wonderful history and geography curriculum and resources that can really help history and geography come alive for you and your children.
We have used their geography curriculum and other history books in the past and have loved them. So when given the opportunity to review the new Sacagawea e-book from Knowledge Quest’s Brave Explorers Every Child Should Know series, we were excited to add it to our day.
Sacagawea (Brave Explorers Every Child Should Know) by Karla Akins is the story of Sacagawea, a brave Shoshone Indian girl who is an integral part of our American history. If you don’t know the story of Sacagawea, and even if you do, you will love this book. The book is great at getting you right into her life before and after her expeditions with Lewis and Clark.
My 8 year old daughter LOVED the book and even my 3 year old listened a little, especially about the hunting! What’s unique about the book is that it is interactive. You can click on links throughout the book to learn more about things they are talking about in the book.
For instance, as the book talks about Pompey, Sacagawea’s son, playing, it says:
Here in the village, his days were filled with running free, sliding down hills with river otters, chasing prairie dogs, and pretending to be a Hidatsa warrior. Soon, he would say good-bye to forests of cottonwoods, wild prairies of buffalo grass and bushes of wild grapes and berries to start a new way of life with Man-With-Red-Hair. He would go to school, learn to speak and read English, and dress in white man’s clothes.
There are links to river otters, prairie dogs, cottonwoods, and buffalo grass. We looked at the pictures and could better understand what Pompey and Sacagawea were surrounded by during their day. Even my son liked the links and I loved how easy it was to show the children what we were talking about without having to hunt for references.
The interactive links also included pictures of the characters to which we are talking about throughout the book. The kids enjoyed seeing their actual pictures since these are real historical figures.
We very much enjoyed the book and my daughter was asking for “just one more chapter” each time we read it. She really enjoyed learning about Sacagawea and asked to get additional books about her life from the library.
I highly recommend this book, and any books from Knowledge Quest. I have never been disappointed in the quality of products that Knowledge Quest offers. You can purchase the entire Sacagawea e-book from Amazon through the Knowledge Quest website for $4.97 or in segments (4 of them) for $0.99 each. You can also download a sample chapter if you would like to see if it’s for you. (Knowledge Quest offers this for most of their products, which I love!)
Check out Knowledge Quest’s Sacagawea e-book, and all their other geography and history products, and see what they have to offer. They are an amazing company and you are sure to find something that will enhance your history and/or geography programs.