Explorers: Amazing Tales of the World’s Greatest Adventures

DK. Sept. 2019. 144p. glossary. index. photos. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9781465481573.
Gr 3-6–Vivid and detailed artwork depicts the perseverance it took for these travelers to make their journeys and how their travels contributed to disciplines such as geography, science, and journalism. The 60 explorers featured in this collective biography are broken up by their main method of exploration: “Sea & Ice,” “Land,” and “Air & Space.” Each adventurer gets at least a double-page spread with biographical information or illustrations highlighting their travel, and some sort of map outlining their path. Huang digs deeper to feature stories of underrepresented people. Notably, this book does not shy away from the treatment and enslavement of Indigenous people. Additional inserts give more information about the explorers’ contributions, such as the section on Charles Darwin’s discoveries and the history of the moon landing.
VERDICT An exciting look at the famous and the little-known explorers of the world and beyond. An excellent option for elementary nonfiction collections.

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