The Crossing

Written by Donna Jo Napoli Jim Madsen (illus.)
Review by Nancy Castaldo

This is a wonderful selection to add to a collection of American history picture books. Donna Jo Napoli’s writing, whether it be young adult historical fantasy, middle grade historical fiction, or picture books, always reflect her penchant for research. The Crossing is no different. Beautiful, lyrical text tells the story of Lewis and Clark’s historic journey told through the eyes of guide, Sacagawea’s child on her back. Napoli has captured all of the sights and sounds her child would have encountered in the western wilderness. Jim Madsen’s luscious illustrations further the story.

Napoli includes an author’s note that provides more details and makes this book a great addition to an elementary library!