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by David Small,Judith St. George
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    David Small,Judith St. George
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    Philomel; 1 edition (September 8, 2005)
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    56 pages
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So you want to be an explorer? What does it take, you ask? To find out, take a look at Judith St. George and David Small’s witty collection of some of the best explorers the world has ever known.You know Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus, but what about Mary Kingsley, who studied cannibals in Africa, or cowboy Jim White, who, by mistake, found Carlsbad Caverns? Full of boundless energy and illustrations you won’t forget, this historical jaunt will inspire the explorer in all of us, young and old.

My seven year old thought this book was awful. He is really into science and history. The book is wordy and not interesting at all. There are no fun facts about the explorers instead a politically correct drawn out questionably historic account of various individuals of the past. The book doesn't have a natural flow. The story is loose and poorly connects with the reader. We read hundreds of books a year as a homeschooling family. It is important that children's book authors find ways to hold the child's interest. Ms. St. George gets an F in this department. Asking questions to the reader and presenting strange and unusual facts are good ways to hold a young childs attention. Doing this helps the child want to learn more about the person's life and keeps them wanting more when the content gets a bit dry. This is why I am so critical of this book. Why write a childrens book that is just as boring as your run of the mill high school history book? I did give it two stars because I can not complain about the illustrations they are done well.

In my home we started with a young child jumping for joy when we started reading and by page 24 he was saying "Are we almost done?" We have read books hundreds of pages long with the same child without a single complaint.
Books arrived in excellent condition
Perfect for the standard I was teaching.
My students are studying explorers right now. I bought this book not knowing what to expect, and I must say that this book went above my expectations. My students loved this book for its information and illustrations.
It was a great introduction to some of our classical heroes!
The opening pages of this large format book show a child peering under his bed only to discover uncharted territory. This lively illustration fascinates my six year old time and again. The jaunty illustrations and pages devoted to female explorers and adventurers are another plus. Unfortunately the book doesn't maintain the level of intrigue you'd expect from a book about exploration. Many explorers and adventurers are mentioned in the text but only one or two are illustrated per page spread. Without the link to a visual or a map the text amounts to little more than out of context name dropping and meaningless factoids despite the tone of excitement it sets. I end up reading about only the explorers that are illustrated.

I have another bone to pick with a book written as recently as 2005. Nowhere does it mention that Thor Heyerdahl's voyage on the Kon-Tiki raft is hotly debated. The author would have us believe that Thor's trip is proof positive that people in Peru sailed to Polynesia. Although the guy managed to pull off the voyage, researchers disregard his theories.
There's a line in here about how Roald Amundsen learned skills from "the native Inuits" that enabled him to successfully reach the South Pole.

Now please correct me if I'm wrong, but since when are there Inuits (or anyone else but penguins) at the South Pole?

I know, I know. St George means that he learned the skills from the Arctic natives that helped him conquer the Antarctic. But the wording implies otherwise.

Does winning a major award for one of your books mean that the editors put away their fact checkers? I hope not.

This is a very nice book, but non-fiction for kids needs to be totally accurate. This isn't.
Awesome condition. Great book.