Endurance: Shipwreck and Survival on a Sea of Ice


Tells the story of the shipwreck of the Endurance in a sea of ice en route to Antarctica, and the amazing survival of all 28 members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by Sir Ernest Shackleton.

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Tells the story of the shipwreck of the Endurance in a sea of ice en route to Antarctica, and the amazing survival of all 28 members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by Sir Ernest Shackleton.

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Children's Literature
Endurance, Shipwreck and Survival on a Sea of Ice is the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton, who, in 1914, set sail for Antarctica on the ship Endurance. Author Matt White tells the story of Shackleton and his team of 26 men plus one stowaway in a clear and interesting style, appropriate for low-level readers. The Antarctica trip was an attempt by Shackleton to be the first explorer to walk across the continent. However, the Endurance was trapped in ice, leaving the men in a bitter struggle to survive. White manages to convey that although the odds were against Shackleton and his crew, not one of the 28 crewmen was lost. The black-and-white illustrations and good explanations throughout the book help the reader grasp the story of the Endurance. There is a list of the crew and expedition members and their duties, a list of the supplies on board, maps and other useful information such as a time line, Internet sites and more. This is a very good primary book for young readers to help them learn about this well-known expedition. 2002, Capstone Curriculum Publishing, Yannuzzi
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Gr 4-6-The author begins with the most important fact of this story-28 men were shipwrecked on a sea of ice, more than 800 miles away from help. The story of Ernest Shackleton and his crew is exciting and extraordinary, and no one has told it better than Jennifer Armstrong in Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World (Crown, 1998). Like Armstrong, White uses Frank Hurley's photographs, taken while the events were unfolding, but he never makes that clear. He also leaves out one of the most daring aspects of the crew's recovery: Shackleton, Captain Frank Worsley, and Second Officer Thomas Crean sliding down a mountain on South Georgia Island like tobogganers with no toboggan. Also, the shooting of the dogs is oversimplified. Caroline Alexander in The Endurance (Knopf, 1998) points out that the canines were shot over a period of time, at first to conserve food rations and later because they would not fit into the boats launched in hopes of sailing to South Georgia Island. This title serves as an introduction to an exciting story but should by no means be considered a full telling. Students would be better served by Armstrong's or Alexander's books, which tell the whole story.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736895002
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: High Five Reading - Purple Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 688,839
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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