The New York Public Library Amazing Explorers: A Book of Answers for Kids


Sail down the Ivory Coast with the ancient Phoenicians. Meet the Kublai Khan with Marco Polo. Join the Antarctic explorers in their race to reach the South Pole. Discover vast new lands, plumb the depths of the deepest oceans, and venture into outer space. Find answers to everything you've ever wanted to know about the world's greatest adventurers and explorers...

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Sail down the Ivory Coast with the ancient Phoenicians. Meet the Kublai Khan with Marco Polo. Join the Antarctic explorers in their race to reach the South Pole. Discover vast new lands, plumb the depths of the deepest oceans, and venture into outer space. Find answers to everything you've ever wanted to know about the world's greatest adventurers and explorers...

Who was the greatest general & explorer of the ancient world? See page 7.
What was the Silk Road? See page 11.
What caused the Age of Exploration? See page 23.
What was considered the worst crime on the high seas? See page 45.
Who was Ynes Mexia? See page 69.
Who found the source of the Nile River? See page 74.
How did Ballard find Titanic? See page 105.
Who was the first woman in space? See page 135.

Also in The New York Public Library series . . .

Amazing Native American History
Amazing Hispanic American History
Amazing African American History
Amazing Women in American History
Incredible Earth
Amazing Space
Amazing Mythology

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Throughout recorded history certain men and women have felt compelled to seek out previously unattained destinations. Explorers seem to view the world as a harbinger of opportunities for adventure and discovery. What motivates these adventuresome spirits may vary but the result of their efforts continues to fascinate the general public. Why would Robert Peary and Matthew Henson endure the privations and suffering necessary to reach the North Pole? What made Stanley and Livingstone journey into the hinterlands of Africa despite disease, danger and death? How did Robert Ballard find the Titanic, and in what ways did that discovery change his life? These stories and many others are presented in this fact filled and ably written book. Using a question and answer format, the author touches upon a wide range of explorations ranging from the ancient world to the modern era. In each case, the keynote explorers are presented in an evenhanded fashion¾we come to know their accomplishments as well as their failures. Through these fascinating and sometimes mind boggling sagas, we are confronted by the age old question of why some people feel capable of accomplishing things never before attained. The answer to that question varies according to each individual, and this book is an outstanding resource for readers interested in exploration and the people who undertake it. 2001, John Wiley & Sons, $12.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471392910
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/26/2001
  • Series: New York Public Library Books for Kids Series , #11
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,496,622
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY's bestselling reference books includeThe New York Public Library Desk Reference, The New York PublicLibrary Book of Answers, and The New York Public Library Student'sDesk Reference.
BRENDAN JANUARY is the author of many nonfiction children's books.

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Throughout history, explorers have ventured into the unknown, often persevering in the face of ridicule, hardship, and death. They increased scientific knowledge, exchanged ideas, established trade, and, for better and for worse, brought the world closer together.

Tens of thousands of years ago, men and women spread through Africa, Europe, and Asia in search of food, a different climate, or safety from powerful enemies. These first explorers settled the world, eventually crossing a land bridge from Siberia into the Americas and traveling by canoe to settle Australia and the islands of the South Pacific. By 11,000 years ago, humans lived on all the continents except Antarctica. Before long, empires developed and began to dominate different areas of the earth. Much exploration was fueled by the desire of these empires for wealth through trade or conquest. Explorers set off in search of both.

Other explorers braved hunger and fatigue to spread the glory of their gods. Beginning in the late eighteenth century and continuing even today, men and women have set out on exploratory expeditions and sought adventure for a variety of reasons. Some searched for knowledge, recording the earth's plant and animal life from the crushing depths of the ocean floor to the dense jungles of Africa and South America. Still others were interested simply in going places where no other human had been before. By experiencing the thundering waterfalls of Lake Victoria, or by climbing the peak of Mount Everest, they felt the joy of great achievement. Another type of explorer took an interest in people. Their endless curiosity led them to remote and often dangerous places todescribe different cultures.

Explorers and adventurers often changed the course of world history by introducing one culture to another. But few of them made true discoveries. Columbus, Magellan, and other heroes of exploration did not "discover" the native peoples of the Americas and the Pacific. After all, these peoples had always known where they were. Most parts of the world have been settled for thousands of years, and many societies were informally knit together by trade.

We live at a time when few places on the earthÑ even the frozen continent of Antarctica--remain isolated from human exploration. It may be more accurate, therefore, to call the astounding "discoveries" of the past 2,000 years "rediscoveries."

This book uses questions and answers to tell tales of explorers around the world. Unfortunately, not all the exciting stories could be included. If you want to know more about a particular explorer or exploration in general, visit the New York Public Library or your local library and check out the books listed in the bibliography and recommended reading list at the end of this book.

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Table of Contents


Expanding the Ancient World.

Discovering New Lands.

Exploring Grand Continents.

Exploring Oceans and Finding Islands.

Into the Lands of Ice and Snow.

Soaring High Above.


Selected Bibliography.

The New York Public Library's Recommended Reading List.


Photography Credits.

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