Annotations for Down the Colorado : The Story of John Wesley Powell, the One-Armed Explorer


Baker & Taylor
After losing part of his arm in the Civil War, John Wesley Powell's passion to explore the natural world would not be deterred and he kept his dream of exploring the vast Colorado River and all its wonders, including the Grand Canyon.

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Baker & Taylor
After losing part of his arm in the Civil War, John Wesley Powell's passion to explore the natural world would not be deterred and so he kept his dream of exploring the vast Colorado River and all its wonders along the way, including the Grand Canyon, in a colorful biography of a national hero and his amazing expedition.

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McMillan Palgrave
Although John Wesley Powell's minister father always wanted his son to follow in his footsteps, young Wes had different plans for his future. Enraptured by the wonders of the natural world, he was determined to take the path of science. Even after losing his right arm below the elbow in battle during the Civil War, Wes would not be deterred from his dream of leading the first scientific expedition down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon. Braving treacherous rapids and perilous waterfalls, Major Powell would surpass all expectations and return home a national hero.

With breathtaking illustrations and excerpts from Powell's own journals, Deborah Kogan Ray brings to vivid life the exploits and explorations of one of America's greatest conservationists.
Down the Colorado is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.


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