Monday, April 25, 2011

Non-Fiction Monday: Into the Unknown

If you're looking for a fantastic book about explorers for a social studies unit or even just for kids interested in history run out and grab this one! It's filled up with unfolding cross sections of ships, rockets, and caravans, illustrating how explorers traveled in amazing detail. I learned so much!

We get a great visualization into the journey Christopher Columbus made across the ocean in 1492 and Tenzing Norgay's trek up Mt.Everest in 1953. Everything from back stories regarding how each exploration began to different fact boxes explaining more details of specific equipment are also included and presented in a readable manner that is SO cool to look at. 

I honestly think I learned more about certain explorers and the ways in which they traveled just by flipping through this book than I did in all my years of school. The illustrations are super detailed and the text long enough to inform, but short enough to avoid the reader being bored to tears. A great addition to a classroom or homeschool. 

Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air
Stewart Ross
96 pages
Middle Grade
April 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

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