I, Matthew Henson

Polar Explorer

By Carole Boston Weatherford; Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)
(Walker & Company, Hardcover, 9780802796882, 32pp.)

Publication Date: December 26, 2007

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Matthew Henson was not meant to lead an ordinary life. His dreams had sails.
They took him from the port of Baltimore, around the world, and north to the pole.
No amount of fear, cold, hunger, or injustice could keep him from tasting adventure and exploring the world.
He learned to survive in the Arctic wilderness, and he stood by Admiral Peary for years on end, all for the sake of his goal.
And finally, after decades of facing danger and defying the odds, he reached the North Pole and made history.
At last, Henson had proved himself as an explorer--and as a man.

About the Author
Carole Boston Weatherford wrote the Caldecott Honor book "Moses: When Harriet Tubman Le""d Her People to Freedom". A minister's wife, Ms. Weatherford makes her home in North Carolina.

Kim Siegelson won The Center for Multicultural Children's Literature Writing Award (1994) for this first novel. She lives in Clarkson, GA.

Eric Velasquez has illustrated numerous childrenis books including Chain of Fire and Journey to Joiburg: A South African Story, both by Beverly Naidoo. He lives in New York City.

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