Monday, April 13, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday: Keep On!

I know, I know, winter is supposedly over and I'm only supposed to be reminding you all of warmth, spring, flowers, and the wonderful weather.'s post is about anything but spring and warmth, but a wonderful read that I insist you go check out!

Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole, is written by the WONDERFUL Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. In it, we learn the amazing story of Matthew Henson, a young black man, born just after the Civil War ended, that just happened to help discover the North Pole.

At only 13, Henson climbed aboard a boat and spent 5 years sailing all over the world, soaking up all the knowledge he possibly could. After accepting the invitation from explorer Robert Peary, Henson accompanied him in 1906 to try and make way to the North Pole. Unfortunately, that attempt failed, but the pair made another journey in 1909, where they finally reached their destination. The pair were forced to endure an awful lot of hardship...terrible storms, injuries, and freezing cold temperatures, but also made close relationships with the Inuit in the process.

The book reads like a picture book, with easy-to-understand text and an exciting tone. The illustrations match the story well and a fantastic timeline and epilogue are included in the back. I really enjoyed the small excerpts of Henson's diaries that were placed amongst the text by Hopkinson.

This is a great choice for libraries or homeschoolers! I love unique figures of history that we really hear about, turning up in wonderful books by fantastic authors. I definitely recommend this title!

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole
Deborah Hopkinson
36 pages
Peachtree Publishers
January 2009


Mary said...

Hi Amanda--

I'm the one who reviewed the other Matthew Henson book. We must be on the same wavelength. I will check out Deborah's version right away. It sounds great. It is always fun to compare books on the same subject.

Staci said...

I have a few books on Matthew Henson on our library shelves. He's a very interesting person that the students really don't know much about. Great review!