Trailblazers: Poems of Exploration

Trailblazers: Poems of Exploration


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688165338
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/27/2007
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

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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Poems of Exploration

Queen Hatshepsut

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
Preface     3
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
Bibliography     193
Index of Titles     203
Index of First Lines     206

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