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Down the Colorado: John Wesley Powell, the One-Armed Explorer


  • "Stunning . . . An exciting adventure story and an instructive account of the exploration of the West." – Booklist
  • "An exciting, page-turning adventure." – School Library Journal
  • "This picture book biography is packed with information accessible to young researchers." – Children
  • "With a palette of warm reds and browns, Ray creates slightly soft-focus illustrations that follow Powell from youth to maturity, and capture the scale and rugged beauty of the western landscape." – Kirkus Reviews


  • Armstrong, Jennifer. Audubon: Painter of Birds in the Wild Frontier. Abrams, 2003. ISBN-10: 0810942380
  • Brenner, Barbara. On the Frontier with Mr. Audubon. Boyds Mills, 1997. ISBN-13: 978-1563976797
  • Burleigh, Robert. Into the Woods: John James Audubon Lives His Dream. Atheneum, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0689830402
  • Dunlap, Julie, and Marybeth Lorbiecki. John Muir and Stickeen: An Icy Adventure with a No-Good Dog. NorthWord, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-1559719032
  • Fraser, Mary Ann. In Search of the Grand Canyon: Down the Colorado with John Wesley Powell. Henry Holt, 1995. ISBN-13: 978-0805055436
  • Lasky, Kathryn. John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist. Candlewick, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0763638849
  • Maurer, Richard. The Wild Colorado: The True Adventures of Fred Dellenbaugh, Age 17, on the Second Powell Expedition into the Grand Canyon. Crown, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0439184908
  • Ray, Deborah Kogan. The Flower Hunter: William Bartram, America’s First Naturalist. Farrar, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0374345891
  • Schanzer, Rosalyn. How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis & Clark. National Geographic, 1997. ISBN-13: 978-0792267263
  • St. George, Judith. So You Want to Be an Explorer? Philomel, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0399238680