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A true lesson in bravery and perseverance, this book will make your little one marvel at man's constant quest for exploration.
—The Washington Post
From the maps to the drawings of vessels and artifacts to the detailed cutaway views that make each bit of technology more understandable, Biestys well-labeled illustrations make this one of the most visually fascinating books available on explorers.
Ross and Biesty take readers on fourteen historical explorations… Although the human drive for discovery underlies each account, answering the ‘how did they do that?’ question becomes the focus of this remarkable book.
—The Horn Book (starred review)
Lively writing captures the excitement of exploration while providing just enough geographic and historical detail.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
About the Author
Stewart Ross has written more than 200 titles for children and adults about (or inspired by) history. He lives in Canterbury, England.
Stephen Biesty is the creator of Stephen Biesty’s Incredible Cross-Sections, which sold more than a million copies worldwide since its publication in 1992. He lives in Somerset, England.
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Although Stewart Ross's writing is decent, the artwork is obviously the highlight here. Mr. Biesty really delivers; each chapter contains multiple cut-aways, maps, and little vignettes. To give the chapter on Leif Eriksson's 1003 voyage as an example, there's a full-page cutaway of a Viking knaar ship, a gatefold showing how the ship was built and shipwright's tools, a depiction of how a sun-shadow board worked, a map of the expedition, and a recreation of the famous "Vinland map." Throughout the book are side illustrations which explain concepts such as the layers of Earth's atmosphere, or how Pytheas used a gnomon to determine his latitude.
Being a huge space geek, my only real disappointment is the numerous technical and historical errors which snuck into the chapter on Apollo 11. Yeah, I know this is a children's book, but Stephen Biesty's attention to detail is usually incredible. I'm not sure why an oxygen tank is labeled as a radio, why Buzz Aldrin is described as flying Eagle during the actual landing, or why the SLA panels are still attached in the depiction of transposition and docking.
That aside, this is a very fun book, with a lot of really fascinating illustrations. Considering how much material is crammed into it, $10 is a steal. I actually recommend buying the paperback instead of the hardcover. The pages are larger, the format isn't quite as cluttered, and the fold-outs are less likely to be destroyed by adolescents.
The physical construction of the book could have been better as there was some cracking/splitting of the paper at the seam where the spine joins the first and last pages of the book - I purchased a used books in either Good or Very Good condition and both had the same issue.
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This book does an extraordinary job explaining the circumstances and technology of various expeditions of discovery.Read more