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Explorers (Magill's Choice) Hardcover – October 1, 1998
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From School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-A nuts-and-bolts, no-frills treatment of 78 explorers and pioneers, with an emphasis on American history and on those figures "who appear time and again in the core curriculum...." Compiled largely from Frank N. Magill's "Great Lives from History" series (Salem), each alphabetically arranged essay begins with a summary of an explorer's major achievements and is organized into sections on "Early Life," "Life's Work," "Impact," and a concluding annotated bibliography of mostly scholarly sources. A time line of the featured explorers begins with Hanno and Pytheas and ends with Robert Ballard and Sally Ride. Only 8 figures born in the 20th century are included, ostensibly because fewer traditional geographic boundaries remain unexplored. Undistinguished black-and-white portraits and maps provide some counterpoint to the text. While generally successful in its goal of providing easy access to basic data on a limited number of explorers, this resource's uninspired visual format and serviceable but dryly written essays fail to convey the excitement and daring of its subjects and their exploits. The student-friendlier Explorers: From Ancient Times to the Space Age (Macmillan, 1998) is the better choice for younger users or if only one new resource on world explorers is sought.-Mary Ann Carcich, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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