Vast seas. Infinite outer space. Endless prairies. Cloud-skimming peaks.
The wide, open world.
Intrepid explorers cannot ignore the call to adventure, and glory, and knowledge, and freedom. The call to explore.
From the Vikings to Lewis and Clark to Sally Ride, discover the spirit of exploration in sixty-two fascinating, vibrant, moving poems.
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About the Author
Bobbi Katz is a poet, writer, and activist, and her poetry is widely anthologized. Her collection of poems about American history, We the People, was named an ALA Booklist Top Ten Poetry Pick. She is the author of several other books of poetry, including Once Around the Sun, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; Pocket Poems, illustrated by Marylin Hafner; and A Rumpus of Rhymes, illustrated by Susan Estelle Kwas. She lives in New York City and Port Ewen, New York.
Carin Berger is an award-winning designer and illustrator. Her cut-paper collages are made using ephemera, such as catalogues, old books, receipts, letters, and ticket stubs. In a starred review, Kirkus said of her Forever Friends, "Sophisticated, sensitive, and accessible, this picture book will offer new insights and pleasures with each season." The Little Yellow Leaf was a 2008 New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books selection, and in a starred review, Publishers Weekly called her A Perfect Day "lovely." She is also the illustrator of the acclaimed Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, both by Jack Prelutsky, among other books. She lives with her family in New York City.
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TrailblazersPoems of Exploration
History's first great woman ruler, although not Egypt's first woman head of state, was the widow of Pharaoh Thutmose II. She ruled for over twenty years and built a magnificent temple near Thebes.
Queen Hatshepsut: Deir al-Bahri, Egypt, 1493 BC
Right here, my master builder,
you shall erect a colonnade
to honor my brave sailors
for the voyage they have made.
For did they not at my command
sail off to Punt, that distant land?
And did they not return with trees
whose incense Egypt's gods will please?
And being pleased by scent of myrrh,
will not the gods my death defer?
Show these men with trees in hand
so those to come will understand
men faced the terrors of the sea,
to please the gods . . .
and so please me.
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Table of Contents
The First Explorers Adam and Eve 1
Orders Queen Hatshepsut (1493 BC) 4
My Story Hanno of Carthage (530 BC) 5
Returning Home Alexander the Great (325 BC) 8
A Letter to Galicia Egeria (390) 10
Summer Sport Vikings (790) 12
A Tale of Two Cities Rabbi Benjamin of Tudela (1157) 14
The Plan of the Mongol Commanders Genghis Khan (1223) 17
Can It Be So? Marco Polo (1298) 18
From The Rihla of Ibn Battuta Ibn Battuta (1354) 19
At the Emperor's Court Zheng He (1432) 22
Remembering Prince Henry Henry the Navigator (1460) 24
A Letter to Cristobal Columbus Christopher Columbus (1474) 26
King Ferdinand's Remarks Christopher Columbus (1490) 27
What Manner of Men Are These? Vasco da Gama (1502) 29
With Leoncico at My Golden Sea Vasco Nunez de Balboa (1513) 31
Voices Heard on the Way to Tenochtitlan Hernando Cortes (1519) 34
The Voyage of Magellandiary entries Ferdinand Magellan (1519-1522) 36
To Meet the Ransom Francisco Pizarro (1532) 41
Remarks to Sir Francis Drake Sir Francis Drake (1580) 42
A Prayer in Flight Catalina de Erauso (1600) 44
Mutiny: The Ballad of Henry Hudson Henry Hudson (1611) 46
Presenting the Case for New France to the Court Samuel de Champlain (1615) 49
The Lady Who Works Maria Sibylla Merian (1700) 51
The Botanist's Assistant Jeanne Baret (1768) 53
Overheard on the Endeavor James Cook (1768-1771) 55
At Our Trading Post Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable (1780) 58
Notes from A Voyage Round the World Mary Ann Parker (1795) 59
Lullaby for Jean Baptiste Sacagawea (1805) Meriwether Lewis William Clark 64
Explaining to Drouillard York (1805) Meriwether Lewis William Clark 66
Discovery! Mary Anning (1811) 69
The Amazing Surprise John Ross James Clark Ross (1829) 71
Journal Jottings Charles Darwin (1831-1836) 73
I Love My Work Richard Spruce (1850) 75
Please, Find Sir John! Sir John Franklin (1853) 77
A Brief Autobiography Ida Pfeiffer (1856) 79
Two Conversations in London Sir Samuel Mrs. Baker (1865) 81
Two Voices Heard on the Dark Continent David Livingstone Henry M. Stanley (1871) 84
The Grand Canyon John Wesley Powell (1872) 86
The Challenger Expedition Sir Charles Wyville Thomson (1875) 88
West Africa Notes Mary Kingsley (1893-1895) 89
Drifting Fridtjof Nansen (1894) 92
Butterfly Days: Netting Margaret Fontaine (1901) 94
Advice to a Missionary's Wife Mary Hall (1905) 96
Buena Suerte, Senorita Peck Annie Peck (1908) 97
The Dash to the North Pole Matthew Henson Robert Peary (1909) 99
Answering Reporters before Leaving Alice Huyler Ramsey (1909) 100
Two Expeditions on the Way to the South Pole Roald Amundsen Robert Falcon Scott (1911) 103
Voices Heard on the Way South Ernest Shackleton (1914-1917) 105
My Kid Sister, Bessie Bessie Coleman Amelia Earhart (1937) 111
Summiting Sir Edmund Hillary Tenzing Norgay (1953) 114
Dawn at the Cosmodrome Yuri Gagarin (1961) 116
John Glenn, the First American in Orbit John Glenn (1962) 117
Valentina Teresh...what? Valentina Tereshkova (1962) 119
The Landing Neil Armstrong Michael Collins Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, Jr. (1969) 120
On the Space Shuttle Discovery Sally Ride (1983) 121
A Science Mission Specialist Mae Jemison, MD (1992) 122
New Explorers Heather Halstead (1999) 123
Herakleion: An Underwater City in the Bay of Abukir off the North Coast of Egypt Dr. Amos Nur Dr. Jean-Daniel Stanley (2000) 125
Sylvia Earle: Deep Ocean Explorer Sylvia A. Earle, PhD (2001) 127
Imagining the Future$dSpirit and Opportunity (2004) 129
Author's Note 133
About the Explorers 139
Index of Titles 203
Index of First Lines 206