Marco Polo’s 5,000-mile Silk Route expedition to China in the thirteenth century; Umberto Nobile’s 1928 airship flight over the North Pole (and subsequent crash); Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary scaling Mount Everest in 1953: what could be more exciting for youngsters than reading about these actual adventures? Viewing detailed drawings of their equipment and supplies, complete with encyclopedic explanations of the mechanics of such feats on extra unfolding pages. Candlewick Press has a knack for embellishing its books, and pulls out all the stops with this comprehensive offering. Ages nine to twelve.
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