I, Matthew Henson

I, Matthew Henson

Polar Explorer

By Carole Boston Weatherford; Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)

Walker & Company, Hardcover, 9780802796882, 32pp.

Publication Date: December 26, 2007


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 is the acclaimed author of more than forty books, including "Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom", winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, and the NAACP Image Award; and "Becoming Billie Holiday", winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. She is also the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature. Carole lives in North Carolina and teaches at Fayetteville State University. Visit her at CBWeatherford.com.

Eric Velasquez was born in Spanish Harlem to Afro-Puerto Rican parents and grew up in Harlem. The many awards he has won include a Pura BelprE and the Coretta-Scott King/John Steptoe Award. He illustrated "Ol' Clip-Clop "by Patricia C. McKissack, which received starred reviews in "Kirkus Reviews" and "Publishers Weekly". He lives in New York with his family.