David Thompson: A Trail By Stars
This clever hook makes the reader curious to learn more about Thompson’s life and accomplishments. The ensuing chapters portray his youth in an English charity school where he learns math and astronomy. Upon graduation he is sent to Rupert’s Land to apprentice in the fur trade. His years exploring and mapping vast territories in the service of first the Hudson’s Bay Company and then the North West Company form the core of this well-researched biography. The narrative style brings the time of exploration and settlement to life, and David Thompson is given his due as a remarkable figure in history.
This is an interesting stand-alone book that would also enrich and enliven history curricula. mRb