Race to the Pole

Race to the Pole

by Meredith Hooper
     
 

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Race to the Pole tells of several expeditions into the unknown. It looks at Scott, the old fashioned hero whose lack of preparation led to tragedy, and at Shackleton, who refused to sacrifice his men to the cause.See more details below

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Race to the Pole tells of several expeditions into the unknown. It looks at Scott, the old fashioned hero whose lack of preparation led to tragedy, and at Shackleton, who refused to sacrifice his men to the cause.

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Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton, and Roald Amundsen all gained fame for their expeditions to the South Pole in the early years of the Twentieth Century. Hooper examines their preparations and the decisions they made as each set out to be the first to reach the goal. She compares and contrasts their journeys as she recounts the harsh conditions under which they traveled. She does not mince words about disease and starvation, and the cold, cruel deaths that are part of this history. Mantle's British accent reminds the reader that Scott and Shackleton were from the British Isles and how Scott longed to bring the honor of being first to the South Pole to Great Britain. After all, this was a period of great national pride. The narrator's inflections capture the mystery, hardships, and incredible odds faced by these explorers. American children may have some difficulty at first with the British pronunciations of "glacier" and "aluminum." They will catch on quickly as they get totally engrossed in this fascinating race. This unabridged edition is 2 hours and 26 minutes on 2 CDs. It is also available in MP3 format. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-British actor Clive Mantle narrates Meredith Hooper's true-life adventure story of the race to discover the South Pole during the first years of the 20th century. The courageous teams led by Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen, and Robert Scott competed to bring glory to themselves and their native countries by becoming the first expedition to reach the absolute most southern spot on Earth. The horrific failures of these teams and their final incredible triumphs are detailed here, from the planning of the voyages to the unexpected adversities. Those who are not already familiar with the exploration history of Antarctica will find much new information here, but may find it overwhelming in audio format. Listeners may have trouble keeping track of the details and facts of all three expeditions, with the many names of places and historical figures. Also, Mantle's British accent may be a bit confusing in a few instances. This recording would be a fine companion to the book, and will appeal to youngsters particularly interested in true tales of exploration and courage.-Casey Rondini, Hartford Public Library, CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781408405017
Publisher:
AudioGO
Publication date:
03/01/2011

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