A Mariner's Tale [With Model Ship, Telescope, Instruction Sheets and Compass]
By Philip Steele
(Barron's Educational Series, Hardcover, 9780764195532, 32pp.)
Publication Date: March 2009
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The handsomely illustrated spreads have miniature maps, lift-flaps, and attached miniature booklets presenting added facts about voyagers and exploration. A slide-out drawer built into the book's sturdy back cover contains a working model ship's compass, a pair of lenses to construct a small telescope, a cardboard model of Captain Cook's sailing ship Endeavor to assemble, and a miniature rope for practicing sailors' knots. The book's back-cover endpaper displays an antique map of the Western Hemisphere, and when the slide-out drawer is opened, a tab that pictures a sailing ship glides across the map's surface. Brilliant color illustrations on every page.