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Book Title: New Found Land: Lewis and Clark's Voyage of Discovery|
The author of the book: Allan Wolf
ISBN 13: 9780763621131
Edition: Candlewick Press
Date of issue: August 19th 2004
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I thought this book was amazing! It is told from the point of view of twelve different members of the Corps of Discovery, plus Capt. Lewis's newfoundland dog. While each of the human members of the expedition speaks in a sort of free verse poetry, the dog's point of view is written in regular prose. I thought this format was very accessible and refreshing to me.
While Wolf admits to taking many liberties with the character of each historical personage in this book, he gives each character a distinctive voice and unique insights into the events of the journey. The fact that he accomplishes this with the necessarily shorter chunks of text offered by the verse format is doubly rewarding to me. The prose voice of the dog also provides a unique, canine perspective, while also framing a somewhat objective context for the story.
For me, at least, it was a fast read, mostly becuase of the format. The maps for each section of the journey were invaluable to me, and the descriptions of the rivers and plains were vivid. The author also went to the trouble of including a sort of "whatever happened to" secction at the back of the book - I was surprised so many members of the expedition survived this awesome journey, only to meet early ends back home. Lewis' death was also imagined respectfully and without sensationalism.
The best thing I can say about this book is that it left me completely satisfied, but eager to learn more about these people and the expedition. What more could you ask?
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Read information about the authorAllan Wolf: educator-writer-musician extraordinaire. He has literally hundreds of poems committed to memory. He is a veteran traveler through all the diverse worlds of poetry--from poetry slams to public schools, salons to saloons. He turns classic poetry into acoustic tunes as the drummer for The Dead Poets band. He put the Oh! in poetry as the educational director for national touring company Poetry Alive!. Allan Wolf knows poems.
This expertise was exhibited in Allan Wolf's first book with Candlewick Press, THE BLOOD-HUNGRY SPLEEN AND OTHER POEMS ABOUT OUR PARTS. A collection of wacky--and anatomically correct--poems about body parts, THE BLOOD-HUNGRY SPLEEN is transforming science classes across the country. Before starting the book, Allan Wolf drew on inspiration from his stint as "Poet in Residence" at a school in Seoul, Korea. "A sixth-grade life science class had displayed their poems about anatomy on a life-size chart of the human body," explains the author. "There was a poem about the intestines on the intestines. A poem about the brain was written on the brain." Since then, he says, "the human body has proved to be an infinite universe of poetic inspiration."
Allan Wolf's next book with Candlewick Press, NEW FOUND LAND: A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY, also reveals the writer's poetic roots. The exhilarating tale of Lewis and Clark's journey is written in poetic form: a medley of lyrical and powerful voices from the surprisingly diverse crew. "During the four years it took to research and write NEW FOUND LAND, my head was constantly crowded with the novel's fourteen voices," Allan Wolf says. "They talked to me as I made breakfast, as I dressed the baby, as I delivered newspapers, and as I brushed my teeth. They talked and talked. Alone in my car I began to talk back. And together all fifteen of us worked out the details of the story. Happily, my head is now quiet, the voices having moved to their permanent home within this book."
Allan Wolf lives in North Carolina with his wife and three children.
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