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Explorers : pioneers who broke new boundaries
Platt, Richard.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dorling Kindersley, [2001]

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps, color portraits ; 20 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.

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G175 .P55 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
G175 .P55 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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It's a weird world out there... dazzle your friends with wacky facts and more from this mega new series. Did you know... Astronaut John Young disliked NASA's flight food so much, he smuggled a corned beef sandwich into space. Climber Edward Whymper pelted his rivals with rocks when he topped the Matterhorn first. Mouse Stew -- complete with feet -- was French adventurer Rene Caillie's dinner in Tieme. A full-color, fun, and informative series, Secret Worlds offers a chance to get your teeth deep into a wide range of fascinating subjects from nature, history, and science. Every title has: Easy-to-read narrative text written by a specialist who combines expert knowledge with an entertaining and fresh style. Superb color photography that entices the reader into the subject world with close-up views and dramatic shots. Weird World feature boxes that reveal a wealth of wacky facts. Tried-and-tested websites to check out the latest info. A mega reference section with even more facts and figures for the enthusiast. Suitable for children aged ten and up -- as well as every other family member who is curious about the subject.

Author Notes

Richard Platt -- Author -- has been amusing children with his witty, fact-filled books for more than 10 years. Peter Chrisp -- Consultant -- has written over 60 children's books and has a special interest in history and exploration.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4. These books in the new Checkerboard Science and Nature Library: Insects series introduce children to the world of insects. From the often maligned but misunderstood mosquito to the beautiful butterfly, each volume offers brief discussions of physical structure, growth, diet, habitat, enemies, and relationship to humankind. Exceptionally nice color photographs and simple graphics will draw browsers. Unfamiliar words, highlighted in colored type, are redefined in a glossary; there are a few "fun facts" appended, as well as Internet sites that kids can use to find out more. A nicely designed, well-thought-out series that will give kids basic information. --Heather Hepler

Publisher's Weekly Review

Vasco Da Gama, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong all stake a claim in Explorers: Pioneers Who Broke New Boundaries by Richard Platt. This plus seven other additions to DK's Secret Worlds series feature information-packed pages, colorful graphics and tabbed page corners that list suggested Web sites. A reference section in the back contains a glossary, timeline, notable facts and other interesting destinations on the Web. The other titles available in simultaneous harcover/softcover editions: Apes; Body; Bugs; Dinosaurs; Mummies; Native Americans; and Tornadoes. ( Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved