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Shackleton's Journey Hardcover – February 18, 2014
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"A book every house should have."
"A magnificent chronicle by emerging illustrator William Grill, whose affectionate and enchanting colored-pencil drawings bring to life the legendary explorer and his historic expedition."
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"Author William Grill does an excellent job telling this story so that the book can be both a resource for a child’s book report as well as a captivating picture book for anyone wanting to learn about this expedition. But even more powerful than the narrative are the detailed and dramatic illustrations, done in colored pencils, many which, if framed, would look stunning on a wall. To top it all off, the textured book cover and raw, thick pages make this a book to flaunt on your coffee table or child’s bookshelf."
"This is a book that will appeal to adult art lovers, picture book fans and history buffs (of which, I fall into all three categories), children and adult alike. The book’s large format gives ample space for detailed colored pencil illustrations and the perfect pacing for such a fascinating journey." - The Eric Carle Museum
"What a remarkable book, and a harrowing story of bravery, endurance and hope! [ ] Beautifully illustrated and endlessly compelling, it is a tribute to explorers, their bravery and their hopes."
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"William Grill’s well designed book is the perfect introduction for young readers to get a sense of the Endurance expedition." - Mindy Rhiger
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"The meticulously detailed colored pencil illustrations highlight the planning, the departure, the voyage, the rescue efforts, and the successful return of the crew after the loss of the Endurance on the ice."
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Top Customer Reviews
Twelve years ago I was lucky enough to go on a ten day cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands, and am very familiar with many of the leading sources of literature -- one of the speakers on the boat was a nephew of one of the five men on the Scott's fatal expedition and was obsessed with exploration of the area.
It is perhaps unfair for me to review this book -- I got caught up with details that were wrong -- the boat journey took 16 days, not 10; they had provisions for four weeks, not six months; and after sliding down the mountain side, they still had great difficulties reaching the whaling station. (Having stood at the base of that mountain, and then traveling for an hour on our ship to the station itself -- I was amazing they could cross the river between the mountain and the station, for example. I wanted to trace their path but our guides said "That's impossible.") And, of course, once you have seen South with Endurance: Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition 1914-1917 with its incredible 500 photographs, and you remember how many of the plates were saved as the ship sank -- well, it isn't fair to compare the illustrations in this "kid's book".
Nonetheless, my rent-a-kid loved the book. We discussed the dogs and their names and reflected on Scott rejecting Amundsen's and Nansen's advice: "Dogs, Scott, take dogs." He took over the reading from time to time. We spent three delightful hours, and he took the book home with him very happily.
His mother is sure he will return to it in the future, and he has asked me for a couple of my books on Shackleton. For a 10 to 15 year old boy or girl, this is a great introduction to one of the most amazing maritime journeys of all time.
Robert C. Ross
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked it, but 8 year old grandson was bored. He preferred his video game.Published 11 days ago by Rob
An amazing book. Couldn't be more thrilled. Arrived on time in excellent conditionPublished 6 months ago by Marilyn Conroy
Wonderful book, probably the best picture book on Shackleton's Journey. Gave it as a gift and recipients raved about it.Published 6 months ago by Ethyl
The book contains some obvious errors.
1. The voyage to South Georgia took 16 days NOT 10 days (page 53) and they took 4 weeks provisions NOT 6 months (page 48)!
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Fantastic illustrations, kept my 8 and 6 year old and their 40 year old mother captivated til the end.Published 13 months ago by Stefan M. Haney
this is a comment more than a review - a suggestion really - - - publishers would sell a lot more books if you could read them the way you read them in bookstores. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lynn
Beautiful way to explain a fantastic true story with an eye toward accuracy at the same time. The scene with the lifeboat needs no text. StunningPublished 13 months ago by sally