Children's LiteratureThis informative resource highlights the voyages of Henry Hudson, one of England's most determined and courageous explorers. During the early 1600s, Hudson tried on four occasions to reach the Orient by sailing northward to a secret passage through the North Pole. Although each of his attempts proved futile, he did have an opportunity to successfully explore the Arctic Circle, chart the coast of North America from North Carolina to Newfoundland, and map a group of islands north of Russia. Throughout his lengthy excursions, Hudson experienced hostility from certain crewmembers, and this disenchantment grew to such a degree that on his fourth trip, mutiny broke out and he was forced to disembark the sailing vessel. Although no one knows what happened to him, his legacy lives on and he remains one of the world's most important European explorers. This well-written book contains descriptive text, interesting sidebars, colorful illustrations and photos, a detailed chronology, a glossary, a list of books for further reading and an index. Young readers will enjoy this captivating publication. Part of the "Explorers of New Worlds" series. 2002, Chelsea House Publishers,
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-8-These volumes follow a winning formula: accessible text, abundant and diverse illustrative material, and sidebars that distill the main ideas of each chapter. While nearly a century separates these men, their stories contain interesting similarities. Both were obsessed with searching North America for a long-rumored waterway to the Orient; both cultivated the financial support of heads of state from countries other than their own, creating controversy for themselves and compromising their ability to afford successive ventures; and both eventually set out on voyages from which they never returned. Since little is known of the explorers' youth and formative years, the authors concentrate on their bold expeditions, the grueling details of their lives at sea, and their ultimate role in charting a continent that was mysterious and virtually unknown to Europeans. Saffer offers a colorful portrayal of Hudson as a shrewd and headstrong adventurer who repeatedly ignored the contractual orders of his benefactors and set sail wherever his whims took him. The chapter detailing Hudson's 1609 voyage to present-day Staten Island and New Jersey, diverting up the river that would bear his name, is particularly lively. Shields extols Cabot's entrepreneurial skills and credits him with bringing into focus the topography of the land. Both authors succeed in describing the political, social, and religious intrigue that swirled around their subjects and constantly affected their lives. These books will find eager audiences among report writers and browsers looking for high adventure.-William McLoughlin, Brookside School, Worthington, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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