Captain Cook: Great Explorer of the Pacific

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Looking out form his ship, Captain James Cook saw a field of ice disappearing into the horizon. Cook and his crew had crossed the Antarctic Circle in search of a mythical Southern Continent, but could proceed no farther. Captain Cook had sailed thousands of miles on the Pacific Ocean, exploring many Pacific islands, such as Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand. He made charts that would be used into the twentieth century and proved that no Southern Continent existed. Author Stephen Feinstein examines the life of ...

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Overview

Looking out form his ship, Captain James Cook saw a field of ice disappearing into the horizon. Cook and his crew had crossed the Antarctic Circle in search of a mythical Southern Continent, but could proceed no farther. Captain Cook had sailed thousands of miles on the Pacific Ocean, exploring many Pacific islands, such as Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand. He made charts that would be used into the twentieth century and proved that no Southern Continent existed. Author Stephen Feinstein examines the life of this famed British explorer.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Tiffany Erickson
Explorers and adventurers can make learning geography more interesting to some readers, and this biography of Captain James Cook will have readers reaching for a world map. After opening with a tense experience in the Great Barrier Reef, the book flows chronologically, giving the reader information about Cook's education and apprenticeships. Quickly, Cook becomes a respected seaman and starts leading his own voyages to discover a large continent south of Australia and a suitable passage north of North America. Despite failing on both accounts since neither exists, Cook creates incredibly accurate maps of Australia and the surrounding waters and embraces available technology. This volume does acknowledge that the expeditions were not positive for the natives of the islands he made famous, but the text sheds light on Cook's own feelings of the good and bad that he was creating. A timeline opens the book, which is quite helpful and well-placed, as well as a glossary, index, chapter notes, and further reading suggestions which conclude the volume. Young explorers will discover the ups and downs of naval expeditions while learning more about world geography. Reviewer: Tiffany Erickson
VOYA - Victoria Vogel
The Great Explorers of the World series is a useful presentation of the accomplishments of some of the notable explorers of history. Leif Ericksson: Viking Explorer of the New World provides some interesting stories from the Vikings' family history. Readers will be intrigued by the folklore and legends. The mystery behind Ericksson's discovery of America is explored briefly, as well as his impact on navigation, law, and culture. Photographs of Viking artifacts bring provide an interesting glimpse into the past. Captain Cook: Great Explorer of the Pacific provides a harrowing and enlightening account of Cook's discoveries. The positive and negative impacts of his discoveries on the native people of Australia, New Zealand, and the Hawaiian islands are discussed objectively. Cook is portrayed as an intelligent and thoughtful man who regretted some of these negative impacts. Each volume is well organized, with text that is easy to read. Both contain wonderful illustrations, maps, and concise time lines of the explorers' lives. The opening chapters grab the readers' attention and entice them to read on. This series would serve as a useful resource for middle and elementary school students and may inspire them to read further. (Great Explorers of the World) Reviewer: Victoria Vogel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598451023
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Great Explorers of the World Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,061,520
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Explorer Timeline 6

1 A Desperate Situation 8

2 The Call of the Sea 18

3 A Pacific Voyage 32

4 The Search for the Unknown Continent 60

5 The Fateful Pacific Expedition 78

6 A Captain's Legacy 96

Chapter Notes 103

Glossary 107

Further Reading and Internet Addresses 109

Index 110

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