What's The Deal?: Jefferson, Napoleon, And The Louisiana Purchase
This entertaining saga brings to life the intense negotiations between Napoleon and Jefferson over this legendary land deal. Art from the period, maps, a timeline, endnotes, a bibliography, and index give young readers all the resources they need to understand the period in which the Purchase took place.
(first published 1998)
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Wonderful! Picking up a book on the Lousiana purchase didn't strike the kids as the most interesting subject, but what this book has done a wonderful job with is showing the complexity of history, tying together so many different events in history that we've already studied, and has been fuel for a lot of great conversation! I'll be using more of Rhonda Blumberg's books in the future.
If you are interested in American history as it relates to New Orleans and the Louisiana Purchase, this is the book for you! I highly recommend it to older children and adults. It is an excellent overview of how the US came to own Louisiann with just the right about of detail. The maps, historical paintings and cartoons, which illustrate the text, are excellent as well. This book is an example of Rhoda Blumberg at her finest!
Rhoda Blumberg has written about the opening of Japan (1853-1854) in Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun, a Newbery Honor Book, which also won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and the Golden Kite Award. Her acclaimed histories also include The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark, The Great American Gold Rush, and The Remarkable Voyages of Captain Cook, all ALA Notable Books. She is the w...moreMore about Rhoda Blumberg...