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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
An Analytical Look at a Middle Grade Nonfiction Book
Sometimes you might think you are looking at a picture book but it actually turns out to be middle grade nonfiction. For example, SACAJAWEA OF THE SHOSHONE by Natasha Yim has 28 numbered pages with a bibliography on the end papers. This title is part of a series : THE THINKING GIRL'S TREASURY OF REAL PRINCESSES. Sacajawea, who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their exploration of the American West, was a Princess of the Shoshone Tribe.
This biography can also be classed as narrative nonfiction because of the moments of drama.
Here's an example: "One day, a violent gust of wind tipped the pirogue carrying Sacajawea and her family. Fortunately the boat didn't capsize, but it quickly filled with water.....Sacajawea....calmly scooped [important papers, books, trading goods] up."
Sacajawea prevented needed items from floating away. Otherwise the expedition would have had to turn back.
Sidebars provide information about her clothing and the food she ate, as well as how her name was pronounced.