This well-written biography profiles the life of the explorer who, with Tenzing Norgay, was the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. After a brief account of the experience at the summit, it traces Hillary's life from his childhood in New Zealand to his current projects to help the Sherpa people who live below the magnificent mountain find a better way of life with schools and medical facilities. Although best known for his record-breaking climb, Hillary has also participated in an expedition to cross Antarctica, searched for evidence of the Himalayan yeti, or Abominable Snowman, and led a pilgrimage group from the mouth of India's Ganges River to its source in the Himalayan Mountains. Hillary's adventures make the reading interesting and his achievements leave the reader inspired.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8A readable, informative look at the modern-day explorer, beekeeper turned pioneer, hero, and conservationist. The use of primary sources and interviews with Hillary and members of his family, thorough background research, and excellent-quality full-color and black-and-white photos contribute greatly to the book's success. Stewart's clear writing style covers Hillary's triumphs and disappointments as well as his current project with environmental protection of the Himalayan Mountain Region. His love for and help with building schools and improving the quality of life for the Sherpa people make this adventurer a terrific role model for young people. An excellent addition.Sharon L. Godfrey, Whisconier Middle School, Brookfield Center, CT