Synopses & Reviews
Uncover the history of the United States by traveling its major riversfrom the time before Europeans arrived, to the nineteenth century. Indians, explorers, and settlers traversed our rivers for thousands of yearsin canoes, rafts, flatboats, and steamboats. They settled the land by following these rivers westward, expanding the country. Using photographs, paintings, prints, and original maps, river guides Peter and Connie Roop lead readers on exciting rides on and over, down and around the Hudson, the Ohio, the Mississippi, the Missouri, the Rio Grande, the Colorado, and Columbia rivers.
"Excellent for research or for browsing. (afterword)" --Kirkus Reviews
"The role of transportation in national history has seldom been more clearly delineated than in this meticulous treatment. . . . This is a sound report source, and it will supplement units on American history generally and the Westward expansion in particular." --School Library Journal
"This attractive book is full of useful information." --Library Media Connection
About the Author
Peter and Connie Roop together they have written more than eighty children's books, including Going to Yellowstone; Sacagawea: Girl of the Shining Mountains; Buttons for General Washington; and Off the Map: The Journals of Lewis and Clark. Mr. Roop, a former elementary-school teacher, was Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year and now writes full-time. Ms. Roop teaches high-school science and was named Appleton, Wisconsin, High School Teacher of the Year. Peter has been a Missouri River guide as well as a lecturer on a Mississippi River steamboat. The Roops have paddled up, rafted down, and cruised upon the rivers in this book. They make in Appleton.