Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, the expedition ship, the Endurance, was finally crushed and Shackleton and his men made the very long and perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land.
|Product dimensions:||9.03(w) x 10.61(h) x 0.12(d)|
|Age Range:||7 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Michael McCurdy is the illustrator of Walker & Company's The Signers and the author/illustrator of Trapped by the Ice, CBC-NCSS Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. He has illustrated more than 150 books and has twice received the New York Times Best Illustrated Books award. Michael lives in western Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Beautifully illustrated picture book detailing the Shackleton expedition after being stuck in the Antarctic ice. The use of cool tones in the watercolor images help create a sense of cold that permeates the entire story. I liked how this book made the expedition accessible to younger students as it provides a basically factual, but less graphic explanation of the adventure than books geared at an older audience could be. This could fit nicely into a 3-4 grade unit on exploration that is looking to give an overview of impressive voyages in history to get students familiar with the idea that we didn't used to know where all of the continents and oceans were or how we would fare while there.
McCurdy's first (at least to my knowledge) effort at illustrating a book with full-color acrylic paintings is a wonderful example of the art that conceals art. There is nearly perfect haromonization between the plainspoken text and the, apparently, simple "kid's book" realism of the pictures. But look closer at the pictures; use a magnifying glass if you like. These are extraordinary. Do you suppose 3rd to 5th graders do this? I doubt it. But my guess is that the pictures make an impression that goes deeper than one might, at first, think.
This book tells of Sir Ernest Shackleton's adventure in the Antartic from the boat getting stuck to crossing the sea to South Georgia Island to find help. This is quite a good book as it tells the dramatic story and It made me want to research more about Shackleton and what other trips he took.
I appreciated the structure of writing in this short picture book about the treacherous journey of Captain Shackleton and his crew members. Written like a diary, with the date in the top right corner of each sidebar, the book will easily appeal to young children. Although the illustrations are pretty, that is the best I can describe them. Without the text, the pictures appear to show a group of men simply walking on ice or moving boxes. The pastel colors sadly do not reflect the captivating, interesting story. They fail to depict the reality of Shackleton's adventure.Although I appreciate the style and accuracy of the author, I would not recommend this book because the illustrations are boring.
I did NOT like this book at all