The Travels of Livingstone

The Travels of Livingstone

by Richard Humble

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Gr 4-8-- The conventional story of the explorer, clearly told. Colorful illustrations and an attractive layout are inviting. While the maps are inadequate for locating many places mentioned, the index, glossary, and timeline help to make the book serviceable. Humble avoids the high praise of other titles on Livingstone, showing his need to be first and his difficulties in getting along with his fellow Europeans. Livingstone's personality never becomes real, however, because the depth of the religious faith that drove him does not emerge. For the most part, Humble steers clear of language that negatively stereotypes Africans; unfortunately his introductory chapter is titled ``The Dark Continent''--a term not known to have been used by Livingstone. This chapter also misstates the extent to which the interior of Africa had been visited by 1840. Nowhere is there mention of the established African trade routes, which on many occasions aided the travels of Livingstone and his companions. As is typical in explorer books, the region serves mostly as a stage for the hero. Evidence exists about the Africans who were central to Livingstone's activities, but their concerns are not treated here. The attempt to help children understand doesn't go beyond an ethnocentric concentration on Europeans. --Loretta Kreider Andrews, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Exploration Through the Ages Ser.
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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