Spirit of Endurance: The True Story of the Shackleton Expedition to the Antarctic

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In August 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set out from England in an attempt to lead the first expedition across the Antarctic continent. What followed was one of the most extraordinary survival stories in history: a ship trapped and then wrecked by ice; an expedition marooned, first on the constantly shifting Antarctic pack, then on a remote, uninhabited island; a daring open boat journey across the world's most violent ocean; a trek over unmapped mountains; and finally an amazing ...
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Overview

In August 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set out from England in an attempt to lead the first expedition across the Antarctic continent. What followed was one of the most extraordinary survival stories in history: a ship trapped and then wrecked by ice; an expedition marooned, first on the constantly shifting Antarctic pack, then on a remote, uninhabited island; a daring open boat journey across the world's most violent ocean; a trek over unmapped mountains; and finally an amazing rescue.
Jennifer Armstrong's Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World received widespread praise and won the Orbis Pictus Award. Now she tells the Endurance story for a younger audience, in an oversize format with color paintings re-creating the detail and drama of the expedition's ordeal.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This distillation of Armstrong's Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World into picture book format masterfully foreshortens the key events of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated expedition aboard the Endurance to Antarctica. Trapped in pack ice in January 1915, Shackleton and his crew survived for nearly a year in the frozen polar wasteland, then traveled 100 miles by open lifeboat to an uninhabited islet. Shackleton and a handpicked team sailed a further 800 miles "across the stormiest ocean in the world, facing 100-foot waves, bitter temperatures, and hurricane-force winds," then trekked across the uncharted mountains and glaciers of South Georgia Island to a whaling station. After several attempts, Shackleton took a Chilean steamer back to the islet and saved every member of his crew. Although the opening is a bit abrupt, Armstrong's account of these astonishing feats of fortitude ripples with drama. Only those who have read her longer version of the events will miss the copious quotes that capture the voices of the men and the colorful anecdotes (e.g., Hussey's banjo serenades) she brings so vividly to life in Shipwreck. The book's oversize format hints at the scope of Shackleton's larger-than-life adventure and provides a generous frame for an ample supply of maps, original photographs (including the famous shot of the ice-bound Endurance, her hull and rigging covered with a ghostly white frost) and Maughan's panoramic, wide-view paintings. The paintings cannot rival the intrinsic fascination of the photographs, but they are atmospheric and imposingly scaled. Their imaginations stirred, many readers will want to tackle her earlier volume for more of the story. Ages 8-10. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Shiver and hope as you read the amazing true story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica in the "Endurance." Despite the most adverse conditions caused when the ship was crushed by ice, Shackleton was able to rescue his complete crew and return home safely. The book is filled with photographs, maps, sketches, and gorgeous paintings of the adventure. A must addition to the family library. 2000, Crown Publishers, Inc., $16.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Written for a younger audience than Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World (Crown, 1998), this book takes readers into the Antarctic ice pack with Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance. The slender, oversized format is enhanced by numerous black-and-white and sepia-toned photos taken on that ill-fated expedition, a map, plans of the Endurance, and a number of dramatic paintings. The robust prose is geared to the needs of the intended audience and is often superimposed on Maughan's large illustrations. This attractive, colorful work is comparable in reading level to K. M. Kostyal's powerful Trial by Ice (National Geographic, 1999), and presents a good picture of human survival under almost unimaginable conditions.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton attempted the first expedition across the Antarctic continent: his ship was trapped and wrecked by ice, his expedition turned into a struggle for survival. Spirit Of Endurance uses photos from the expedition archives and original paintings by William Maughan to create an involving account. Good reading skills will make this appealing to grades 3-4.
Kirkus Reviews
Here Armstrong, author of the award-winning Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: Shackleton's Amazing Voyage (1998) captains an oversized, picture-story version, matching an economical retelling of the ill-fated expedition's course to a grand array of maps, journal pages, and dramatic documentary photos. This is capped by Maughan's even more dramatic paintings as, working on canvas, the artist depicts small, exhausted-looking human figures struggling through huge, dim, utterly inhospitable Antarctic land- and seascapes. Even more than Michael McCurdy's Trapped by the Ice! Shackleton's Amazing Antarctic Adventure (1997), this will have young readers marveling that anyone could survive such conditions, and will leave them appreciating that even failure can be glorious. (Shackleton meant to cross the continent, but never even reached the mainland before the ice crushed his ship.) The expedition's trek, through some of the worst weather in the world to a place where rescue could reach them, makes compelling reading at any length. (timeline, index, crew list, brief list of further resources) (Nonfiction, 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517800911
  • Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/12/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.26 (w) x 14.36 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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