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Amazing Impossible Erie Canal

Illustrated by Cheryl Harness

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Follow the amazing construction and workings of the Erie Canal, America’s first superhighway, in this triumphant nonfiction picture book.

When De Witt Clinton, a young politician, first dreamed of building a canal to connect the Hudson River with the Great Lakes, folks didn’t believe such a thing could be done. Clinton wanted to link east coast ports to the frontier, and from the groundbreaking ceremony on the Fourth of July in 1817, Clinton never gave up—even as people called his project “Clinton’s Ditch.”

Eight long years later, he’d realized his vision at last and constructed the longest uninterrupted canal in history—allowing water travel from the American prairie all the way to Europe!

About The Author

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Cheryl Harness lives in Independence, Missouri. As an author and illustrator, she is known for her engaging approach to history, seen in such books as Our Colonial Year; Mary Walker Wears the Pants; Young Abe Lincoln; George Washington; Spymaster; Three Young Pilgrims, Ghosts of the White House; and Remember the Ladies.

About The Illustrator

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Cheryl Harness lives in Independence, Missouri. As an author and illustrator, she is known for her engaging approach to history, seen in such books as Our Colonial Year; Mary Walker Wears the Pants; Young Abe Lincoln; George Washington; Spymaster; Three Young Pilgrims, Ghosts of the White House; and Remember the Ladies.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 1, 1999)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689825842
  • Grades: 1 - 4
  • Ages: 6 - 9
  • Lexile ® AD1050L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®
  • Fountas & Pinnell™ S These books have been officially leveled by using the F&P Text Level Gradient™ Leveling System

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