by Janice Weaver, David Craig

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History has not been kind to Henry Hudson. He's been dismissed as a short-tempered man who played favorites with his crew and had an unstoppable ambition and tenacity. Although he gave his name to a mighty river, an important strait, and a huge bay, today he is remembered more for the mutiny that took his life. The grandson of a trader, Hudson sailed under both British and Dutch flags, looking for a northern route to China. Although none of his voyages led to the discovery of a northwest passage, he did explore what is now Hudson's Bay and what is now New York City.

Whatever his personal shortcomings, to sail through dangerous, ice-filled waters with only a small crew in a rickety old boat, he must have been someone of rare courage and vision. In Hudson, Janice Weaver has created a compelling portrait of a man who should be remembered not for his tragic end, but for the way he advanced our understanding of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770490963
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 11/09/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 48
File size: 9 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

JANICE WEAVER is a highly respected editor and the author of several acclaimed works of nonfiction for young people. Building America and From Head to Toe: Bound Feet, Bathing Suits, and Other Bizarre and Beautiful Things were each named Notable Books by the International Reading Association. From Head to Toe was also a finalist for both the Rocky Mountain Book Award and the Ontario Library Association's Red Maple Award. She is also the author of Mirror with a Memory: A Nation's Story in Photographs. Janice Weaver enjoys sailing near her home in Toronto, Ontario.

DAVID CRAIG is a distinguished artist whose work includes a series of paintings commemorating Canada's effort in the Second World War, posters, and fifteen coins for the Canadian Mint, including three gold Olympic coins. He was the first Canadian to receive the James Madison Book Award for First to Fly by Peter Busby. His picture books include Amelia Earhart: Legend of the Lost Aviator by Shelley Tanaka, which received the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.

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Hudson 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Scaryguy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First off, Hudson is a nice book. From the binding, to the cover, to the illustrations, it is esthetically pleasing. The dust cover poster is a nice touch.The story reads well and easily; I even learned things about Henry Hudson myself. This is a book I will be glad to keep in my personal library and have my children read.Special note: Hudson seems especially targeted to school/public libraries. This reviewer can find no better place for this book; somewhere anyone can read it and enjoy the story it has to tell.
davidpwhelan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Henry Hudson's name is well-known to anyone who has studied the geography of North America. Janice Weaver does a good job of describing the man whose name is on Hudson Bay and the Hudson River Valley. Young readers will appreciate Weaver's story telling style as she relates this non-fiction account of Hudson's 4 voyages. Interspersed with the chronology are other bits of relevant history, relating to other explorers and challenges facing Hudson and his crews.Weaver does a good job of describing Hudson, who seems to have been a particularly unlucky sailor and poor leader. Readers will get a sense of foreshadowing as Hudson puts together his first crew, which becomes the foundation of the final crew that proves his undoing. Weaver is successful in sharing Hudson's success, spread over a relatively short 4 year period, of identifying new resource-rich lands. Despite bad weather, lack of food, and frequent problems with his crews, Hudson was able to accomplish quite a lot before he was finally set adrift.David Craig's illustrations are a wonderful addition to the text. While there are historical maps, paintings, and other elements in the book, Craig uses bright color to bring interest to his illustrations as well as lots of blues, which enhance the connection to the cold climates in which Hudson's adventures took place. The hardcover edition's slip jacket can be reversed into a full size map.This is a great research book for anyone interested in exploration and sailing. The strong storytelling and interesting illustrations make it an excellent acquisition for any home, school, or public library.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: I'm always interested in finding good Canadian history books for kids. I've always had an interest in Hudson's story and imagining what happened to him.This is a picture book sized non-fiction biography of Henry Hudson written in a nice, friendly voice. The book is chronological and very detailed as the author uses many source quotes from the various journals of Hudson and his crew mates, keeping them accessible to the intended audience of the book. As well as the main narrative which is told is short chapters there are also blocks of text with further information on subjects mentioned in the text such as the whaling industry, navigation tools and scurvy. Hudson is portrayed as a real person and as a vibrant 40 something year old man that he would have been instead of the grizzled old man he is portrayed in that one famous painting everyone has come to recognize as Hudson. Hudson's meetings with the Natives are told matter of factly as they happened without writing from a revisionist perspective. There is a page devoted to the early explorers' contact with the Natives and I was glad to see that the white man's behaviour is explained from his frame of mind at the time without passing modern day judgment. The book is filled with illustrations of source materials and the added artwork of Daniel Craig is beautifully alive. A great new book certainly recommended for libraries and classrooms and those who enjoy an informative biography.
KhrystiBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This beautifully and amply illustrated book taught me more about Henry Hudson than I ever learned in school. I was always intrigued by Hudson, his story seemed rife with drama. Weaver does an excellent job of telling Hudson's story without any glamorizing, moralizing, or romanticizing. I especially respect this quality in a child's book. Nor does she speculate. This book is straightforward and entertaining.
harmonyartmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a homeschooling mom of boys who love adventure and anything to do with ships and sailing, this book will find its place on my home library's shelf. The story had us captivated from the first page and the illustrations were enough to give us a great image of what each journey was like. We especially liked the map in the book and on the back of the dustcover to keep our minds fixed with the actual geography of each trip. We enjoyed the special addition of informational boxes with interesting supplementary details that enhanced the story. I appreciated the references to Native Americans and how that topic was handled with delicacy. The weaving of historical events and people was done expertly and I highly recommend this book.
crteacher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hudson is a book with wonderful illustrations that take the reader on a tour of Henry Hudson¿s voyages. The book focuses on the important milestones and dangers faced on such a journey in a very kid-friendly way. Included in the book are maps and many interesting facts on things such as navigation, scurvy, mermaids and whaling. This book is certainly kid-friendly and would be appropriate for upper elementary-age and beyond or anyone interested in history.
eduscapes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hudson written by Janice Weaver and illustrated by David Craig provides an excellent introduction to the life of Henry Hudson.This beautifully illustrated book provides factual information about Hudson's life in an interesting way. The combination of photographs of artifacts, era paintings, historical maps, and new illustrations by David Craig add depth the visual aspects of the book. Hudson's story is told chronologically through a series of short, focused chapters. The author is careful to point out that little factual information is known about his life, so the narrative focuses on those elements that have been established through history.I was particularly drawn to information that's often overlooked in books for young people. Half and whole page informational boxes woven throughout the book provide insights into the time period, tools, or other interesting background content. For instance, the author explains that we really don't know what the explorer looked like because the paintings of him were created by people who never met him. Long sentences and some complex language may limit the appeal of the book for younger researchers. However middle grade students investigating explorers will find the text very useful for projects.Pages about historical sites and monuments, suggestions for additional reading, and a useful index are found at the end of the book.Overall, Hudson is an excellent example of quality writing for young people.