Children's LiteratureFrom ancient times to the present, men and women have been called to distant lands in pursuit of adventure. Whether it is the Spanish Conquistadors, Viking sailors, mountain climbers or a host of other adventurers, the stories behind explorations often are as fascinating as the journeys themselves. In this encyclopedia of explorers and adventurers, readers are introduced to over seventy individuals who set out to seek thrills by going places never visited before. Meet Sir Edmund Hilary whose first complete ascent of Mount Everest amazed the world. Discover the treacheries that plagued Richard Burton as he sought out the source of the Nile. Observe mountain men Jim Bridger and Jedediah Smith as they tempt fate in the Rockies. These and other tales of adventure are presented in this compendium of exploration. Each selection features a fine narrative as well as illustrations. This book will serve as a resource for youngsters and take them to far off places that men and women sought out even though they were tempting fate. 2001, Children's Press, $37.00 and $16.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
VOYAFrom the well known to the obscure, from the mythic to the real, including both men and women, this book provides short biographies of seventy-three people who explored the unknown and had adventures that were challenging and accomplishments that were admirable. The earliest entries are of Greek heroes, including Hercules and Odysseus, and the book concludes with biographies of such modern adventurers as test pilot Chuck Yeager and astronaut Mae Jemison. Each entry also identifies that person's place in history. The section on Jemison begins with information on the United States space program in the 1960s when African American Jemison was a girl, explaining that all astronauts then were white males. What follows is a brief synopsis of Jemison's life, leading to the 1980s when she applied to NASA's space program. This two-fold approach provides the reader with personal information as well as the history of the time. This book would be an excellent source for those readers who want to learn a bit about explorers and adventurers in general or who are interested in a particular person and what his or her life was like. The entries are not only straightforward and easy to read, but vocabulary also is explained when necessary. In the entry on Leif Eriksson, the word Vikings is explained as an Icelandic word that means exploring. Because the book includes people who lived before the Christian era as well as those still living today, students who need to find out about a variety of people can use it. It clearly would be a good addition to the reference collection in a school library. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. 2001, Children's Press, 288p. PLB $37. Ages 11 to Adult. Reviewer:SueKrumbeinVOYA, December 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 5)
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The encapsulated biographies of over six dozen explorers are contained in this one volume. It's easy to read and seems to be consistent with research I've done on some of these folks in other places. It is absolutely not a comprehensive piece of work I'd say it's more of a sketch of each person. In a school setting, these individual stories (about 3-5 pages each) would be helpful to use as reading comprehension exercises for grades six and up or as an introduction/adjunct to a history unit. As a homeschooler, I am using the book for the unit study I'm creating on explorers for my boys. There is just enough information here to get a child's interested whetted -- hopefully to encourage him to continue reading on his own. One thing I really like is that there are pictures throughout the book as well as portraits where available. They enage the reader and help create a visual image of the material.