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School Library Journal Review
Gr 4-6-These titles introduce readers to famous voyagers, important explorations, and the science used to get these history makers on their journeys. Bingham details Cook's amazing 16th-century expeditions. Readers will be especially interested in the captain's interactions with Native peoples and be wowed by the sheer enormity of the miles traveled and places seen. Gogerly's account of the race to the South Pole will make readers shiver. In an ultimate, to-the-death competition, these well-respected men tried to best each other and bring prestige to their homelands. Kerr explores the planning, equipment, stamina, and luck needed to reach the highest point on Earth, while Marco Polo shows a boy swept onto the Silk Road by both family and commerce. He thrived on the excitement of seeing the world as few ever had, befriended the great Kublai Khan, and ultimately took his stories home to Venice to share with the Western world. Each volume includes historical background, detailed maps, full-color photographs, illustrations, and thorough indexes. The books are slim and attractive, and the information is broken down into easily read paragraph segments with bold headings.-Tracy H. Chrenka, Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Horn Book Review
Each series volume details a historically important expedition. The circumstances leading up to the journey as well as the aftermath are also discussed. Also included is information about who accompanied the explorers and the experiences they all had. Numerous sidebars, maps, and illustrations provide additional information (though the crowded pages divide attention). Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Great Journeys across Earth titles: Captain Cook's Pacific Explorations, Burton and Speke's Source of the Nile Quest, Amundsen and Scott's Race to the South Pole, Hillary and Norgay's Mount Everest Adventure, Lewis and Clark's Continental Journey, Magellan's Voyage around the World, and Marco Polo's Travels on Asia's Silk Road.] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.