Into the unknown : how great explorers found their way by land, sea, and air (#0461BK1)

by Ross, Stewart; illustrated by Biesty, Stephen

11 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Toy/Moveable Candlewick Press, 2011
Price: USD 18.45
Description: 82 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm
Dewey: 910.9; Audience: Upper Elementary; Reading Level: 7.7
AR 7.9 MG 4 144691EN; RC 10.6 7; LEX 1120L; F&P Y
From Booklist: Grades 4-8; Kirkus: Ages 9-13; SLJ: Gr 4-8


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From Follett

"With fantastic unfolding cross sections!"--Dust jacket.;Includes bibliographical references and index. Describes the methods explorers throughout history have used to find their way by land, sea, and sky.

From the Publisher
Ready to relive some of the most daring voyages of all time? Unfold these spectacular cross sections and explore fourteen historic journeys. Open this dynamic book and discover how the greatest explorers in history — from Marco Polo to Neil Armstrong — plunged into the unknown and boldly pieced together the picture of the world we have today. With the help of masterful cross sections, dramatic storytelling, and sidebars that highlight key concepts, places, and technology, immerse yourself in such expeditions as:  —Leif Eriksson’s voyage to North America (eleventh century)  —Zheng’s travels from China to East Africa (fifteenth century)  —Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe (sixteenth century)  —Tenzing Norgay’s and Edmund Hillary’s scaling of Mt. Everest (twentieth century)  —Plus ten more exciting journeys! Back matter includes an index, a glossary, and sources.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: April 12, 2011
  • Format: Toy/Moveable
  • Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
  • Dewey: 910.9
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 82 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm
  • Tracings: Biesty, Stephen, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-4948-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-4948-7
  • LCCN: 2010-038720
  • Follett Number: 0461BK1
  • Reading Level: 7.7
  • Audience: Upper Elementary
  • Booklist: Grades 4-8
  • Kirkus: Ages 9-13
  • School Library Journal: Gr 4-8
  • ATOS Book Level: 7.9
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 4
  • AR Quiz: 144691EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 10.6
  • Reading Counts Points: 7
  • Lexile: 1120L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: Y

Reviews & Awards
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2012
  • Booklist, 07/01/11
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 05/01/11
  • Horn Book Magazine, 10/01/11
  • Horn Book Magazine starred, 05/01/11
  • Kirkus Reviews, 03/15/11
  • Library Media Connection, 10/01/11
  • School Library Journal starred, 05/01/11
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 08/01/11
  • Wilson's Children, 09/01/11
  • Wilson's Junior High School, 09/01/11

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (July 2011 (Vol. 107, No. 21))
Grades 4-8. This handsome book presents 14 journeys of exploration, from Pytheas the Greek in 240 BC to the Apollo moon landing in 1969. Sailors dominate the first half of the book: Leif Eriksson, Marco Polo, Zheng He, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, and Captain Cook. The second half follows explorers David Livingstone and Mary Kingsley through Africa, Umberto Nobile to the Arctic, Auguste Piccard up into the stratosphere, Jacques Piccard down into the ocean’s depths, and Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay to the summit of Mount Everest. A glossary and a source bibliography are appended. Clearly written chapters trace the expeditions and underscore the challenges that the explorers faced. Precise, beautifully shaded colored-pencil artwork appears throughout the book and, notably, on a large, foldout sheet tipped into a page of each chapter. From the maps to the drawings of vessels and artifacts to the detailed cutaway views that make each bit of technology more understandable, Biesty’s well-labeled illustrations make this one of the most visually fascinating books available on explorers.

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