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I am Sacagawea

(Ordinary People Change the World)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  65 reviews
We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer. Meet the series’ first Native American hero: Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark’s expedition through the Louisiana Purchase.

Each picture book in this series is a biography of a significant
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Dial Books
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Brad Meltzer
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Meltzer is my favorite. Sometimes I read his books while watching his TV shows, while also holding up a mirror. :)
I forgot that Sacagawea crossed the Northwest US with a newborn baby. How crazy is that? How crazy that she was married while she was 14. One thing I didn’t know was that her husband was on the expedition also. He helped translate the Indian tongue into French and someone on the team translated that into English. That sounds frustrating.

Sacagawea didn’t have a choice about this journey, but she did prove herself and she is the reason that they made it. It would have been a much more difficult
Another great edition to the Ordinary People Change the World series, I am Sacagawea gives great insight and details to the life of this young woman. What is most important about this book is its message. Young girls of all ages can be inspired by this book when they understand that a teenager who once was overlooked became one of the most well-known names in American history. She was courageous, fierce, kind, intelligent, and so much more. Even as an adult woman, it was great to read a story ...more
Love this series. A wonderful tribute to Sacagawea, a female Native American teen whose assistance in history is awe inspiring.
Nathan Albright
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: challenge-2018
This book is a reminder of why it is such a hazard to write when one has an ax to grind and an agenda to push, especially when sources are so limited. This book is demonstration of an author who wants to push someone as a hero in the wrong way. To be sure, Sacagawea is an easy enough person to appreciate. She was a person of fairly obvious skill and bravery, having married as a young captive in the savage wars of the plains to a French trapper, and faithfully serving the Lewis and Clark ...more
Sarah Monzon
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My kindergartener and third grader both love this book and have asked me to read it multiple times this week. There are so many things to admire about Sacagewea and I think gone author did a good job of bringing that message in an age appropriate way.
Lindsay Nixon
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is THE book I'd buy if I had child, especially a daughter. I'd read it to her as a small child, then when she (or he) was older read it so they could ask questions and we could talk about all the different issues touched on in the story... Later, it would become a book they read to themselves. This book is perfect... it imparts so many important messages at all stages of childhood growth. PLUS it's the TRUE history.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid story - as much biographical information as is readily available, and none of the "unfair" bits were glossed over. Yes, it's for kids - but kids deserve to know that Sacagawea wasn't married by choice, that she didn't have a child or go on the expedition by choice, and that she didn't have a voice until she proved her worth to men who didn't know any better (but should have!).
This is a very wordy book, which you wouldn't think just looking at the size and cover. I enjoyed it, but it looks like it is for preschoolers and it definitely is not. I'd say 1st or 2nd grade? Maybe 3rd?

Anyway, Sacagawea was a complete badass. You should definitely read this book with your kids.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great addition to the I Am series by Brad Meltzer!
Megan Polzin
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Biography- WOW Book! This book was a WOW book for me because it introduced me to a historical figure that I had known about but was not extremely familiar with. I was impressed with the authors positive message of "Wherever you go in life... make your own path. Shatter expectations."

This biography provided an honest and powerful story about the journey of Sacagawea throughout the United States. The book detailed her encounters with the French as well as Lewis and Clark. As the only
Katee Finegan
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
I loved this biography! This book was written from her point of view in a kid-friendly manner and is great for grades 2-5. Brad Meltzer describes the life of Sacagawea and her influence in Western expansion in the US in a fun, entertaining way. Not only does it talk about who Sacagawea was, it allows students to gain an understanding of what life was like back then and how the US became what it is today.

It is definitely a WOW book for me because it doesn't read like a boring, non-fiction text.
Elizabeth Banville
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: life-stories
1) n/a
2) Pre-Kindergarten
3) This book is about the exploration of Lewis and Clark, and Sacagawea. This book shows that Sacagawea helped the European explorers communicate and explore America. It also shows how strong Sacagawea was because she explored America with her baby on her back.
4) This is a great book to show children that they can accomplish many things even through challenges. It can also teach children how each person is valuable to a team. Finally, it can teach children that other
Jaclyn Sibley
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: life
Awards: Part of a series that won New York Times bestselling picture book biography series
Grade: 1st
Summary: Sacagawea is a Native American woman who helped Lewis and Clark on their expedition through the Louisianan Purchase. As you read, you get to see how she became a translator to help guide the journey along. The strength she has is inspiring a she traveled with a baby on her back.
Review: The illustrations are very fun in this book as they are more "life like" in a sense. There is a lot of
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am Sacagawea c) 2017 A children’s biographical picture book by Brad Meltzer and one in a series entitled “Ordinary People Change the World”. This book is chock-full of information about Sacagawea and her role in the Lewis & Clark expedition. No need to be offended by the cartoonlike pictures. All of the books in this series use this motif. One page I found so interesting was how languages were interpreted down the line. (approx. p. 10) Shoshoni into Hidatsa into French into English. ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dr-smiths-class
this book goes through the life of Sacagawea and how she came in contact with lewis and clark.

I loved this book because it gave so much detail about her life that i did not already know. It shows how she powers through the struggles that came her way.

i would use this book for history. when talking about lewis and clark and Sacagawea this gives the kids a fun way to learn facts about her life and how the three came in contact with each other. at the end of this book it has a quote that i would
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If this isn't an inspiring story for young ladies, I don't know what is! We learn how this young lady was actually given her name and the myriad of ways it was spelled. We discover the atrocities of war even back then, and how motherhood could be on the new frontier. We even learn that the images we've come to recognize of this fair Indian maiden...may not exactly be of this fair Indian maiden...and while all that is sinking in, we are entertained as well with the lovely and at times comical ...more
Stephanie Tournas
Sacagawea narrates her life from childhood through her quest with Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. She was 16, carrying her infant son, and the only woman in the group. I like that the book puts her accomplishments in perspective, explaining that being a girl, young and Native American were three strikes against her. Yet, she did not allow herself to be limited. The book aspires to inspire, and it succeeds. The digital illustrations are full of life, color and appealing comic book ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was something I picked up on a whim at the library. I have to say I was not terribly thrilled with some of the ways this book was written. Saying Lewis and Clark 'had a mission' so she just had to go along (let's face it, it's unlikely she had any kind of choice). I did like that they didn't totally gloss over the poor treatment of indigenous people. But overall as a biography this was such a poor perspective on her, and so whitewashed. Given that people rave about this series I ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
All of the three books I have read (I am Sacagawea, Harriet Tubman, and Gandhi) were about how these people had the courage and the perseverance to do the things they believed was right. I would imagine that a lot of people can tell whenever something is right and wrong and most of the times that's all people do. They know which is which, but they don't do anything about it. These books taught me that if you know what's wrong and you know what you can do about it to change it, then you can make ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the Ordinary People Change World biographical picture book series from Brad Meltzer. Positive and inspiring for preschoolers. Christopher Eliopoulos’ cute illustrations just add another layer of appeal!

As the series progresses, the books boast more text. With Sacagawea's story, having to talk about the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis & Clark expedition, it allows readers to have a bigger scope of her contribution.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am not a fan of this series, but I admire this one as it emphasizes that she was
"...the only girl.
The only teenager.
The only one with a baby.
And the only Native American."
and she explains again and again "that's how it was back then" helping the reader to cross the cultural divide.
I might actually use this one as it has enough detail yet is simple enough to help the reader understand the important events.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone with a child or who knows a child needs to have this book. Beautifully written and illustrated, "I am Sacagawea" will encourage children, young adults, and everyone else that nothing can stop you from blazing your own trail. What a wonderful attitude to instill in the youth of today. I highly recommend this book.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is very hard to find biographies for the youngest readers. This one fills a void but is a little much for 1st graders. I think 2-4th would be a good target age group. I didn't love the illustration of her being this almost comically small girl compared to the normally sized explorers, especially since she's pregnant or carrying a baby through most of the book.
Eric Black
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, biography
While my daughter and I have loved reading other “I Am” books by Meltzer, this one seems more forced. The inspiring points don’t spring from the story like they do with others we have read. Even so, my daughter does like this series of books and was excited to learn Lewis and Clark are part of Sacagawea’s story.
Ben Truong
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am Sacagawea is a children's picture book written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. It is a biographical picture book of Sacagawea – a Lemhi Shoshone woman who was notable in helping Lewis and Clark in their expedition.

November, at least in my part of the world is Native American Heritage Month, which I plan to read one children's book, preferably a biography, which pertains to the subject everyday this month. Therefore, I thought that this book would be apropos for
Amanda Kearney
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book really inspired me. It was about the story of Sacagawea. I think that everyone knows who Sacagawea is, but not everyone knows how incredible she was. When she was only 12, she was taken from her family and everything she knew, and forced to marry a man from another tribe. Her husband was asked to go on the mission out West with Lewis and Clark. So she came and she also brought her baby. Sacajawea was only a teenager at the time and the only girl on the trip. People underestimated her, ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographies
In this book we meet Sacagawea as a young girl. We are introduced to the ways of her Native American tribe and get a look into their culture. It tells of her life and how her tribe was attacked by another tribe when she was 11. They captured her and took them back to their village. She was given to a French Canadian man and became his wife at only 14 years old. That is when she was given the name we know her by. This story continues with how she came to be on Lewis and Clark's team and of all ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"We can only be what we give ourselves power to be." -Chief Meninock of the Yakama Tribe

I am Sacagawea, and I will blaze my own trail.

What a powerful book. I am so glad somebody donated a box set of these Brad Meltzer books to our reading center and we're able to read these kinds of books to elementary school kids. Not only do they learn about people like Sacagawea, there's wonderful lessons, history and good vocabulary in there, too. The language is simple, concise and beautiful. The
Jessica Mowery
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is set up like a comic book which will keep young readers interested. Most of the information is written out in sentences but there is also information written inside speech bubbles which makes it a fun way to learn. The illustrations help to explain the story to the reader. There is also a page that teaches children how to say words in the Shoshoni language. I think this book is great because it shows the struggles and the triumphs of a young lady and may ...more
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Brad Meltzer is the #1New York Timesbestsellingauthor ofThe Inner Circle,The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers includingThe Tenth Justice,The First Counsel,The Millionaires, andThe President’s Shadow.His newest book,The Escape Artist, debuted at #1 on the bestseller list.
In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for

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