Henry Hudson was an English explorer of the late sixteenth/early seventeenth century. He never reached his goal of finding a sea passage through the Artic to reach Asia from Europe. On his final voyage in 1611, Hudson's crew mutinied and set him adrift in a small boat in Hudson Bay; he was never heard of again. All this information is provided on the first page of this biography picture book for older elementary students. The book largely discusses the "Age of Exploration" in North America by Europeans with Hudson's life as a backdrop. The layout of the book is busy with drawings, photos, maps, sidebars and a chronology. The chapters are spreads with appropriate paragraph captions. One chapter, "Life at Sea," includes a recipe for corn bread, a photo of frostbit fingers and information about scurvy. As part of the publisher's "In the Footsteps of Explorers" series, the book has a table of contents, a glossary and an index but no references for further information. With the limited knowledge available about Hudson, the book is less a biography than a review of his legacy, the explorers who followed and the quest to navigate the Canadian Artic. 2005, Crabtree Publishing Company, Ages 8 to 12.
Jacki Vawter, Ph.D.