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Robert E. Peary : to the top of the world
Calvert, Patricia.
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Publication Information:
New York : Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, [2002]

Physical Description:
80 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 26 cm.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.7 2.0 63950.
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G635.P4 C35 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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What must it have been like to be the first to circumnavigate the globe or traverse America from shore to shore? What political, social and financial factors of the day encouraged exploration? What personal dreams and desires drove these fearless men to search the vast unknown waters and lands, to tempt danger time and time again, all in the name of discovery? In Great Explorations, acclaimed authors including recent Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner Milton Meltzer guide us through the adventures of the indomitable explorers who knew first-hand the joys and sorrows of pioneering.

Author Notes

Historian Milton Meltzer was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1915. He attended Columbia University, but had to leave during his senior year because of the Great Depression. He got a job writing for the WPA Federal Theater Project. During World War II, he served as an air traffic controller in the Army Air Corps. After the war, he worked as a writer for CBS radio and in public relations for Pfizer.

In 1956, he published his first book A Pictorial History of the Negro American, which was co-written by Langston Hughes. They also collaborated on Langston Hughes: A Biography, which was published in 1968 and received the Carter G. Woodson award. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 110 books for young people including Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? about the stock market crash that led to the Great Depression; Never to Forget about the Holocaust; and There Comes a Time about the Civil Rights movement. He also addressed such topics as crime, ancient Egypt, the immigrant experience, labor movements, photography, piracy, poverty, racism, and slavery. He wrote numerous biographies including ones on Mary McLeod Bethune, Lydia Maria Child, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Sanger, and Henry David Thoreau. He received the 2000 Regina Medal and the 2001 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his body of work and his lasting contribution to children's literature. He died of esophageal cancer on September 19, 2009 at the age of 94.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-These accessible titles will find use as adjuncts to social-studies curricula. Written in Calvert's characteristically engaging style, the first two books include a good deal of personal detail about both Boone and Peary, a reflection of both the sources available and the author's approach to their life stories. Lewis and Clark is a cut above other series titles on the topic; Faber does not sensationalize or overdramatize the encounters with, and central role of, various Native American tribes in the journey of the Corps of Discovery. A brief chapter is devoted to Sacagawea's role, but with the caution of how little documented information there is about her life. The general outline of this amazing expedition is clearly given, but in this brief text many of the wonderful details and key elements that make this seminal event in U.S. history so compelling are not included. However, this book would be a great starting point for more extensive study, or as a historical survey. In all the books, primary sources are quoted extensively, but well integrated into the fluid texts while colorful boxed notes amplify and provide contextual information. A variety of illustrations enhance the content, including color reprints of paintings, maps, black-and-white lithographs, and, in the Peary title, photographs. While most of the artwork is of high quality, there are a few grainy reproductions and photos. Bibliographies and notes list primary sources. Appealing and user-friendly titles.-Nancy Collins-Warner, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.