Journey of York
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Journey of York
Author: Hasan Davis
Major Themes: Exploration, Indians, Lewis and Clark, Negroes, Racial Discrimination
Synopsis: The story of York, a slave taken along on the Lewis and Clark expedition, is told with beautiful paintings.
As I’ve mentioned many times before, I love picture books like Journey of York. It is a book that tells a true story in a way that captures the attention of young children, and the realistic paintings make the historical event come to life.
This book tells the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition from the perspective of the one man who didn’t have a choice as to whether or not he went along: Clark’s slave, York. In some ways, the success of the expedition was due to this man, as the Indians were so fascinated by his dark skin. He was also very strong and worked extremely hard. After being allowed to vote with everyone else in the expedition about the location of the fort in which to spend the winter, he worked even harder, trying to show his worth. In the end, however, he was not recognized, and his name was not even included in the official roster.
This book really brings the Lewis and Clark expedition to life. The beautiful, glowing paintings are very attractive. This is a book that young children will want to study over and over again.
I received a free copy of this book and chose to write a review.