The latest in the "Stories of Canada" series, Mapping the Wilderness: The Story of David Thompson presents the amazing life story of one of Canada's greatest explorers, surveyors, and geographers. David Thompson (1770-1857) died penniless, but during his life he confronted natural hazards, harsh weather, hostile Indian tribes, and even negotiated peace with the Kootenay. He set up trading posts to compete with Americans, and single-handedly surveyed a continental area unparalleled in human history. Mapping the wilderness depicts Thompson's life in page-by-page chunks; each page features a main passage about part of Thompson's adventures, a black-and-white illustration (most of which are sketches by illustrator Chrissie Wysotski - there are no surviving portraits or photographs of Thompson himself), and a sidebar. A wonderful trailblazer's biography and glimpse of Canadian frontier history for young readers, especially recommended for elementary, middle school, and public library collections.