Parents' Guide to

The Crossing

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Historic journey comes alive with poetic words, vivid art.

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This is a book best shared aloud. Older kids will appreciate Napoli's poetic narrative best after first hearing the author's note at the back of the book and understanding the context; younger audiences may just like to hear the sound of her vivid words: "Red cedars brush the air./ Eagles float/ in clouds and blue/ of a never-ending, sun-drenched sky,/ bleaching the cliffs white./Scream, hiss!/ Cougars prowl in my dreams."

Madsen's illustrations are a good match for the tone of the story and its subject matter: His pictures have both a warm and historical quality about them, whether showing members of Lewis & Clark's party carefully burning trees to make dugouts, or gathered around a campfire, translating each other's stories as "quick tongues make friends."

Book Details

  • Author: Donna Jo Napoli
  • Illustrator: Jim Madsen
  • Genre: Picture Book
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Atheneum
  • Publication date: June 14, 2011
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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