Tierra Del Fuego: A Journey to the End of the Earth

Overview

Ferdinand Magellan was searching the new world for a passage to the Pacific Ocean and the riches of the East. His quest took him down the coast of South America, on an expedition that seemed doomed to failure until Magellan spied a waterway heading west. Sailing his ships onward, he passed through ominous land, where smoke from unseen fires rose high in the air. He called the land Tierra del Fuego, or "land of fire." It was here Magellan found his passage to the Pacific and the Strait ...

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Overview

Ferdinand Magellan was searching the new world for a passage to the Pacific Ocean and the riches of the East. His quest took him down the coast of South America, on an expedition that seemed doomed to failure until Magellan spied a waterway heading west. Sailing his ships onward, he passed through ominous land, where smoke from unseen fires rose high in the air. He called the land Tierra del Fuego, or "land of fire." It was here Magellan found his passage to the Pacific and the Strait of Magellan, and where Charles Darwin later sailed the legendary Beagle. Joshua Slocum, who sailed the globe alone, outwitted pirates who lurked in coves and channels. Peter Lourie takes young readers on a journey to the island at the end of the earth that for centuries was shrouded in mystery.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Lourie's smooth, first-person narrative mixes history, adventure, and personal insights, while glorious photographs of the remarkable land at the southernmost point of the world enhance his travelogue. Readers accompany the author as he rides his mountain bike and uncovers wonder and tragedy in this land. Additional archival photos tell the sad tale of the native Y mana, a people who "did not survive long after continued contact with- outsiders." Maps, both modern and historical, are well integrated. Highly informative for reports, this fascinating account will also appeal to young readers with wanderlust.-Eva Elisabeth Von-Ancken, Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Intrepid adventurer Lourie (On the Trail of Lewis and Clark, not reviewed, etc.), who's explored everything from the Amazon to the Yukon, with the Hudson and Mississippi thrown in for good measure, travels to the island of Tierra del Fuego recounting adventures of Magellan, Charles Darwin, and turn-of-the-century world traveler, Joshua Slocum. As with other adventures, Lourie enlivens his narrative with period maps and drawings, photographs and quotes from journals and diaries from the past interspersed with contemporary photographs and tidbits about the people and places. Most interesting are the selections gleaned from the journal of a sailor who traveled with Magellan in 1520 seeking a passage that would link the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. And the adventures of Joshua Slocum, who in 1898 sailed around the world in a 40-foot boat and described in his diary encounters with pirates and storms in the Strait of Magellan. After visiting Punta Arenas, Chile, Lourie, who is surprised to find himself in a modern city of 150,000, flies to Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego and refers to Darwin's visit there on the Beagle in 1832. Finally he stops to visit with a modern-day sheep-farming family before flying back home. Lourie is a masterful storyteller well able to bring the past alive, but it is a little disappointing to discover the mysterious land at the bottom of the world is very much like home. Period photographs and drawings are especially appealing. (map, index, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563979736
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Lourie is the author of many books for children, including The Mystery of the Maya, Lost Treasure of the Inca, On the Trail of Sacagawea, and On the Trail of Lewis and Clark. He lives with his family in Weybridge, Vermont.

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