Matthew Henson: Arctic Adventurer

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A biography discussing the life story of explorer Matthew Henson and his expedition to the North Pole with Robert Peary. Written in graphic-novel format.
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Overview

A biography discussing the life story of explorer Matthew Henson and his expedition to the North Pole with Robert Peary. Written in graphic-novel format.
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Children's Literature
Innovative and entertaining, this nonfiction title captures the story of African-American explorer Matthew Henson in a graphic novel format. This unique way to present biographical information to elementary through middle school age students is sure to be a big hit. Although the information presented is not detailed, an overview of Henson's struggles and accomplishments are presented. Readers will empathize with the young Henson as they read about his struggle for meaningful work in a time when young black men were not considered equal. They will cheer for him as he finally receives the recognition he deserves for his role in the discovery of the North Pole. The careful selection of vocabulary and easy to read text makes this title very useful for biographical research, especially for struggling readers. The bold illustrations really enhance the text. Useful text features include highlighted direct quotes from primary sources, a table of contents, an index, a glossary of Inuit vocabulary, a bibliography, and a list of related web sites. Other personalities in Capstone's new "Graphic Biographies" series include Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Patrick Henry, and Benjamin Franklin. 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 11.
—Nancy T. Braverman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736861984
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Graphic Biographies Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Blake A. Hoena grew up in central Wisconsin, where he wrote stories about robots conquering the moon and trolls lumbering around the woods behind his parents house. He now lives in Minnesota and continues to write about fun things like space aliens and superheroes. Blake has written more than fifty chapter books and graphic novels for children.
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