A grandiose title and melodramatic, superhero-style art fail to lift Gifford's profiles of familiar explorers above the routine. Making only fitful efforts to support his titular premise, the author briefly retraces the routes of European explorers from Marco Polo and Columbus to Richard Burton and Jacques Cousteau, tucking in a chapter on Meriwether Lewis to represent the Americans and briefer sketches at the end of Zheng He and Mary Kingsley to add diversity. The prose reads like a series of uninspired school reports—"On his second voyage, Cook traveled further south than any explorer before him…Giant icebergs and severe storms tormented their journey"—and the author neither cites his sources nor provides leads to more information about his subjects. The steely-eyed, forward-leaning figures in Cousens's illustrations supply some eye candy, but there's nothing else here that any adequate library or encyclopedia won't provide. The simultaneously published Ten Leaders Who Changed The World (ISBN: 978-0-7534-6104-4) is no better, though at least the cast of modern heroes (Gandhi, Mandela) and tyrants (Hitler, Mao Zedong) is more multicultural in scope. (Collective biography. 10-12)
Ten Explorers Who Changed the Worldby Clive Gifford, David Cousens
Everyone knows who Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus were. But do they know that Christopher Columbus owned a copy of Polo's book The Travels of Marco Polo, full of Columbus's own handwritten notes that served as inspiration and research for his famous journey? This amazing link and nine more are the basis for this highly original look at great explorers. By
Everyone knows who Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus were. But do they know that Christopher Columbus owned a copy of Polo's book The Travels of Marco Polo, full of Columbus's own handwritten notes that served as inspiration and research for his famous journey? This amazing link and nine more are the basis for this highly original look at great explorers. By drawing a line from Polo and Magellan to Lewis and Clark and right down to Jacques Yves-Cousteau, readers will never think about history the same way again.
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- 8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)
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- 10 - 14 Years
Meet the Author
Clive Gifford is an author and journalist with more than seventy books to his credit.
David Cousens‘s manga-style characters have been featured in numerous magazines, as well as in custom work for bands and record projects.
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