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Mutiny on the Bounty

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Life sailing with the Royal Navy in the 1780's was particularly miserable: sailors slept in crowded hammocks, ate moldy cheese and maggoty bread, and were subject to very harsh discipline. So when the HMS Bounty arrived in Tahiti after 11 months at sea, the crew of the Bounty thought it was heaven on earth. Living on the island paradise made them lazy and careless.

As the return journey began, Captain Bligh's crew proved reluctant to leave. His temper began to flare, and his ...

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Overview

Life sailing with the Royal Navy in the 1780's was particularly miserable: sailors slept in crowded hammocks, ate moldy cheese and maggoty bread, and were subject to very harsh discipline. So when the HMS Bounty arrived in Tahiti after 11 months at sea, the crew of the Bounty thought it was heaven on earth. Living on the island paradise made them lazy and careless.

As the return journey began, Captain Bligh's crew proved reluctant to leave. His temper began to flare, and his second-in-command and old friend Fletcher Christian suffered the worst of Bligh's outbursts. His honor at stake and a longing to return to the island, Christian led a mutiny, then set Bligh and 18 loyal crew members adrift in a launch.

A daring escape by Christian and the mutineers, paired with Bligh's amazing story of survival all make up one of history's most rousing true maritime tales, and Patrick O'Brien's 85 illustrations reach epic proportions of drama and realism.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3–6
In flowing text, illustrated with striking single- and double-page paintings and smaller panels, O'Brien retells the story of the Bounty' s fateful voyage and William Bligh, the ship's brilliant but harsh, unyielding captain. The book includes a map showing the route of the voyage, a diagram of the vessel, and a description of the living conditions onboard. The author traces the beginnings of the conflict between Bligh and his second-in-command, Fletcher Christian, which led to the mutiny; the dangerous journey and eventual return of the captain and his loyal seamen to England; the settling of Christian and his followers on Pitcairn Island; and the punishment of the surviving mutineers. Although there is some fictionalization of dialogue, thoughts, and feelings, this is a great tale of adventure and conflict. The handsome illustrations, done in watercolor and gouache, are packed with details and action, and add to the drama.
—Ann JoslinCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
A specialist in nautical art, O'Brien finds a ready subject for his talents here, pairing dramatic, realistically detailed scenes of sailing ships and small boats tossed on rough waters (or anchored near idyllic Pacific islands) with a lucid account of the Bounty's troubled final voyage, and the amazing 3,600 mile journey that Captain Bligh and a small group of loyal crewmembers were forced to undertake in an open boat after the mutiny. O'Brien tells the tale with a captioned mix of set pieces and sequential panels (the Tahitian women are demurely posed), carrying it through the British Navy's urgent but largely futile search for the mutineers and their settlement on Pitcairn Island, up to the present day. Though he characterizes Bligh as a brilliant sailor, it's the Captain's severe lack of people skills that comes through most clearly; still, an adventuresome tale, well told. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802795878
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 1/23/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,403,494
  • Age range: 6 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: AD930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.09 (w) x 11.55 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICK O'BRIEN is the author and illustrator of eleven books for children. After earning a degree in biology from the University of Virginia in 1982, he worked at a naval architecture firm before going to art school. He has been a prolific freelance illustrator for 20 years. Patrick lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and son.

www.patrickobrienstudio.com

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