Triumph on Everest: A Photobiography of Sir Edmund Hillary

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this exciting photobiography celebrates the extraordinary life of the New Zealand farm boy who in May 1953 became the first person known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. With climbing partner Tenzing Norgay, the iron-willed Hillary crossed deadly icefalls, clawed his way up vertical walls, and persevered through gale-force winds until he finally stood at the top of the world. Along with this gripping adventure, readers follow the explorer's trek to the South Pole, his quest to find the Abominable ...
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Overview

this exciting photobiography celebrates the extraordinary life of the New Zealand farm boy who in May 1953 became the first person known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. With climbing partner Tenzing Norgay, the iron-willed Hillary crossed deadly icefalls, clawed his way up vertical walls, and persevered through gale-force winds until he finally stood at the top of the world. Along with this gripping adventure, readers follow the explorer's trek to the South Pole, his quest to find the Abominable Snowman, and his continuing efforts to help the Sherpa people, without whom, Hillary is convinced, he never would have scaled Everest.

A biography of Edmund Hillary, whose love of snow, mountains, and the outdoor life culminated in his conquering the highest peak in the world.

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Coburn presents the "bigger-than-life" explorer, Sir Edmund Hillary, as a warm, caring man whose concern for others has out-shone his experiences and accomplishments as an explorer. Growing up as part of a loving family, having had a family of his own, suffering the tragic death of his wife and daughter, and yet sharing his wealth and using his influence to help the Sherpa people of Nepal, Hillary exhibits the compassion of a great man. Through the black-and-white photographs and the well-written text, children and adults can share in the excitement of Hillary's triumph on Mt. Everest as well as his fierce determination to bring education and health care to the Sherpas. Although probably aimed at the middle grade reader, the story of the life of Edmund Hillary will touch anyone who reads the book. Includes a foreword, afterword, chronology of Hillary's life, related readings and web sites, and an index. 2000, National Geographic Society, Ages 9 to Adult, $17.95. Reviewer: Jenny B. Petty
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Gr 5-8-This slender, well-documented photobiography is a record of the lifetime accomplishments of one of the first men to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Threaded with quotes from Hillary's own writings, and full of fine, blue-toned photographs, the engrossing text presents the life of a reticent but world-renowned mountaineer, adventurer, and philanthropist. If you already own Sue Muller Hacking's simpler but excellent Mount Everest and Beyond (Benchmark, 1997; o.p.) or more demanding titles such as Whitney Stewart's Sir Edmund Hillary (Lerner, 1996) and Timothy Gaffney's Edmund Hillary (Children's, 1990; o.p.), you may feel you do not need this authoritative, up-to-date work. Think again.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780792271147
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Photobiographies Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1130L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.54 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Broughton Coburn is presently Special Projects Director for the American Himalayan Foundation. After graduating from Harvard in 1973, he moved to Nepal where he lived for nearly 20 years. Three of these years were spent in Khumnu, homeland of the Sherpas. His fascination with and respect for the region has inspired several books, including Everest: Mountain Without Mercy, published by National Geographic. In 1997 he was awarded the American Alpine Club’s Literary Achievement Award. Coburn lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with his wife, daughter, and recently adopted Nepalese son.
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