Kingfisher, Hardcover, 9780753465745, 64pp.
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
It takes a certain kind of adventurer to sail off into the unknown of the world's oceans, sailing by the stars, alone in the vastness of a life at sea. Join an accomplished sailor for the stories of five epic mariners who set off on some of the great ocean journeys ever undertaken. Learn the art and skill of sailing from great square-riggers to the smallest craft. Learn what it takes to survive at sea, and how great sailors must adapt to challenging conditions like unpredictable weather, physical hardship, sleep deprivation, and unforeseen perils. Find out what survival strategies succeeded, and which failed-with tragic results. Illustrated throughout with maps, photographs, posters and eye-popping gatefolds, this book is the perfect introduction to the incredible distances and epic challenges of a life at sea.
written two books on exploration, based on the Museum's fine Pacific collections:
Captain Cook in the Pacific (2002) and Pioneers of the Pacific (2005).
The Horn BookInformative and accessible, each book contains archival images, detailed maps, and poster-size foldout pages that, in turn, add interest and variation to the texts. Library Media ConnectionThrough photos, maps, and lots of primary -source quotes, readers will follow these intrepid explorers along their journeys and learn about the hardships and dangers they faced.Of special interest are a section on famous women climbers, scans of Cook's request for trip supplies, and some old maps that show just how much these explorers contributed to our knowledge. Anecdotes about shark fishing and fording the rivers of K2 on camelback add human interest. . . . The best thing about these books is the careful attention to detail... BooklistAs with a museum visit, the graphics will grab readers in these exciting, extra-large-size titles in the Epic Adventure series, packed with high-quality color photos on every double-page spread. Just as gripping are the narratives, captions, and technical details of exploration, adventure, and survival. Infodad.comBeautifully produced and visual impressive, both Epic Adventure volumes will bring readers thrills while at the same time providing a great deal of fascinating historical information – making them books that teach successfully in a visually focused age. Kirkus ReviewsHere is an instance of book design being as exciting as the subject matter, and this subject matter is pretty wild stuff. . . . The text is intelligently written and allows the miraculous nature of each voyage to propel the story forward. The extended captions are the color commentary, adding bright bits of information that round out the picture. . . . The selection of artwork is excellent . . .handsome, moody engravings . . . lively watercolors. Tucsoncitizen.comthis epic topic [is] both accessible and exciting. School Library JournalThe brief narratives describe the voyages of Magellan, Cook, Shackleton, Heyerdahl, and Chichester and give details of their journeys, why the men embarked on them, and what was going on in the world at the time. . . . Young readers will enjoy browsing through [this book].