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The explorer's handbook : how to become an intrepid voyager
Tolhurst, Marilyn.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
29 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Tells about famous explorers such as Magellan, Columbus, Cortes, and Neil Armstrong and includes instructions for making a compass, a survival kit, a sea chest, and other items.
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G175 .T65 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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How to explore the great unknown

Land ahoy! Whether you plan to circumnavigate the globe like Sir Francis Drake or trek through the jungle like David Livingstone, here you'll find fascinating facts to help you on your way.

There are easy-to-follow instructions for making a compass, a survival kit, a sea chest. Activities include baking Spice Island Cookies and creating an authentic Aztec mask. Take the quiz to determine if you are really the exploring type.

Colorful drawings, photographs, and tales of danger and discovery bring the adventurous world of the explorer thrillingly to life.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Books about explorers tend to give routes, tell of discoveries, provide biographical details, and discuss the results of expeditions. The Explorer's Handbook, however, is designed to encourage budding adventurers with concise and intriguing vignettes, directions for making useful equipment (e.g., a compass and a treasure chest), advice on how to navigate by the stars, and several interactive sidebars. The text invites children to visit the time of Queen Hatshepsut, sail with Magellan, slog through Africa with Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke, and freeze at the ends of the Earth with the explorers of the North and South Poles. Factual material, full-color archival reproductions and photographs, and excerpts from journals entice the imagination. A quiz determines whether or not readers are "fearless and a little crazy," thus having the character to be an explorer, or would be better off sticking with being a tour guide or an armchair traveler. Just enough information is included to entice children to find out more. Oddly enough for a book of this type, there are no maps. Equally attractive to browsers or teachers looking for something to spark interest, this is an engaging addition that compliments Rupert Matthews's Explorer (Knopf, 1991).-Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.