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The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest Paperback – April 29, 2002

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Addressing readers as would-be Everest explorers, Jenkins's book is a compendium of historical info and practical tips, illustrated with stunning cut-paper collage, wrote PW. Ages 6-10.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 2-6-A windfall of facts about Everest and the daring mountaineers who have attempted to reach its summit. Breathtaking cut-paper collages capture the dramatic vistas and the frightening realities of high-altitude climbs.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618196765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618196760
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated thirty picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eyepopping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children. To learn more about Steve and his books, visit www.stevejenkinsbooks.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wayne A. Smith VINE VOICE on September 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a neat book. My seven year old, who has been into a real Mt. Everest phase for about six months, loves it.

In a few pages, this book clearly tells about climbing the earth's highest peak, provides a lot of really interesting factoids about Mt. Everest, maps the way up the mountain and displays some of the equipment high mountain climbers must carry. The reader will also learn about how mountains are formed, a bit about the Sherpas and their reverence for the mountain and many other interesting things.

Both my son and I have enjoyed this very much. It is a good basic book for kids who have learned to read and are moving to more challenging subjects. That this subject is interesting as well is a plus.

I couldn't decide if I liked the illustrations or not. No photos, just Eric Carle-style cut-outs (but much more realistic and finely detailed than Carle's work). The illustrations work well and are detailed, but I would have enjoyed a couple of photographs of the mountain.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I love Steve Jenkins' other books. His technique is so creative--the papers he uses (I wonder if he makes some of them) and how he uses them evoke so much--texture, color, temperature. My 8 and 10 year old boys loved this book, and we are Mt. Everest nuts. There's plenty of room on the bookshelf for books with photos (Ghosts of Everest: The Search for Mallory & Irvine is truly wonderful), but Jenkins' book is not only informative--very!--but it is poetry with paper. I highly recommend this book, along with Jenkins' other terrific books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the__muse on August 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A phenomenal book that takes the reader on a trek up Mount Everest. Torn paper collage illustrations are a beautiful complement to the informative facts about Mt. Everest and mountain climbing. The book is full of fun and interesting facts. I especially appreciated the comparative illustrations that showed the relative heights of the seven highest mountains and the mountain life on Mt. Everest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alyssa on April 19, 2012
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This is a non-fiction book about Mt. Everest. There is a ton of information. When I read it to my 3rd grade class they seemed very interested.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracy J. Archipley on February 24, 2006
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Nice to find a nonfiction book that is fairly easy to read, well told story and not condescending.
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By LeighBee on April 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
Travel with us to the top of the world. "The top of the world climbing Mount Everest " has the most beautiful torn paper collage illustrations. What a wonderful way to introduce geography tho children. It has side captions the give the readers more information about the expedition as well as the other important facts. A great appeal to the children would be on what you need to travel to the top of the world. Once you have reached the top of Mount Everest you are the highest thing on earth, what a feeling.
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Steve Jenkins has paid attention to the tiniest details in creating these cut-paper collage illustrations. Telling the story of every climber, showing their gear, describing the geologic and atmospheric forces at work on the Himalayas, illustrating the camps and the trail blazers -- this book is accessible, interesting, and a hit with the whole family. Adults, too!
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