Reviews for Into the Unknown : How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air


Booklist Reviews 2011 July #1
This handsome book presents 14 journeys of exploration, from Pytheas the Greek in 240 BC to the Apollo moon landing in 1969. Sailors dominate the first half of the book: Leif Eriksson, Marco Polo, Zheng He, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, and Captain Cook. The second half follows explorers David Livingstone and Mary Kingsley through Africa, Umberto Nobile to the Arctic, Auguste Piccard up into the stratosphere, Jacques Piccard down into the ocean's depths, and Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay to the summit of Mount Everest. A glossary and a source bibliography are appended. Clearly written chapters trace the expeditions and underscore the challenges that the explorers faced. Precise, beautifully shaded colored-pencil artwork appears throughout the book and, notably, on a large, foldout sheet tipped into a page of each chapter. From the maps to the drawings of vessels and artifacts to the detailed cutaway views that make each bit of technology more understandable, Biesty's well-labeled illustrations make this one of the most visually fascinating books available on explorers. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

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ForeWord Magazine Reviews 2011 September/October

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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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
This remarkable book presents fourteen historical explorations, from Pytheas the Greek's three-thousand-years-ago voyage to Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins's moon shot, with the question "how did they do that?" as focus. Detailed cross sections, often displayed in foldout segments, diagram each mode of transportation; maps abound, also within foldout pages. The text diligently differentiates between fact and opinion. Bib., glos., ind. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #3
Ross and Biesty take readers on fourteen historical explorations, ranging from Pytheas the Greek's voyage to the Arctic three thousand years ago to Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins's moon shot in 1969. Although the human drive for discovery (think of Mary Kingsley traveling up the African OgoouŽ River in 1895 or Jacques Piccard descending almost thirty thousand feet to the Pacific's Mariana Trench in the mid-twentieth century) underlies each account, answering the "how did they do that?" question becomes the focus of this remarkable book. Detailed cross sections, often displayed in foldout segments, diagram each mode of transportation, including the Viking knarr ships, a caravansary for Marco Polo, and a mountaineer's clothing and equipment for Sir Edmund Hillary. Kids can not only study the parts of Zheng He's Chinese junk but also compare its construction to that of Columbus's square-rigged caravels or Captain Cook's bark, The Endeavor. Like the illustrations, each chapter can be examined alone, but there are also subtle connections between expeditions. Maps abound, again within foldout pages allowing a large enough scope to detail the travels of Magellan or the perspective to chart the winding trail of Sir Hillary. The care for detail is extended to the text in Ross's diligent differentiation between fact and opinion. Appended with an index, glossary, bibliography, and source notes for direct quotations. betty carter Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2011 March #2
Biesty's trademark amusing, informatively detailed illustrations are a highlight of this entertaining examination of several voyages of exploration. Brief chapters in chronological order are presented on durable, very light cardboard stock with backgrounds appropriate to the era of the voyage: parchment, notebook paper, graph paper, etc. Chapters cover an impressive range of exploration. In addition to the usual suspects, they include a 340 B.C.E. Greek voyage to the Arctic Circle; Chinese Admiral Zheng He to India; David Livingston and Mary Kingsley into the African interior; Umberto Nobile flying over the North Pole, August and Jacques Piccard to the stratosphere and the bottom of the Marianas Trench, respectively; Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay to the top of Everest; and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the moon. Each chapter includes a fold-out section of illustrations with a map of the journey and a cross-section of the method of transportation. Other illustrations expand on some of the equipment mentioned in the text. The fold-outs fit nicely into the volume, smaller than the "real" pages so they close up neatly. The chapters provide a level of detail that's just right for entertainment; intrigued readers may try some of the sources listed in the backmatter. (These are mostly primary source materials, potentially daunting for young readers.) An altogether agreeable package for armchair explorers. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2011 October
Ross summarizes the experiences of several early explorers and provides detailed descriptions of their trips to previously undocumented lands. Intriguing information about these treacherous journeys, and the sometimes overwhelming technical difficulties encountered by adventurers, are conveyed through the use of cutaways, cross sections, and diagrams. Starting with Pytheas the Greek's voyage to the Arctic in 340 B.C. and ending with Armstrong and Aldrin's trip to the moon, the author conveys humanity's dogged determination to extend our knowledge about our planet and its relationship to the universe. Colorful illustrations depict various modes of transportation from vessels that traversed unknown seas, rivers, ocean depths, mountain peaks, and desert sands to the Apollo 11 spacecraft. The outside cover also cleverly unfolds to become a large map showing many of the voyages. This is a worthwhile purchase for students curious about early exploration and historical uses of technology. B bliography. Glossary. Cynthia D. Schulz, Ph.D., Teacher Librarian, Cedarcrest Middle School, Marysville, Washington. RECOMMENDED ¬ 2011 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 May

Gr 4-8--The major accomplishments of 14 explorers are presented with strong support from illustrations. Chapters move chronologically from Pytheas in 340 BC to the 1969 Moon landing, combining famous names such as Marco Polo and Magellan with lesser-known but equally interesting figures including Mary Kingsley (Africa), Umberto Nobile (North Pole), and Auguste Piccard (stratospheric flight and deep-sea submersion). Each chapter provides basic background on the topic, then focuses largely on the nuts and bolts of the journeys, including travel conditions, navigation techniques, and vehicle construction. Lively writing captures the excitement of exploration while providing just enough geographic and historical detail. Biesty's pencil and colored pencil artwork ably builds upon the text, with each chapter featuring several insets plus one dramatic gatefold per chapter. In each fairly sturdy foldout, an initial illustration expands in two consecutive unfoldings to reveal further details. For Piccard's undersea exploration, for example, a map identifies the location of the Mariana Trench. This unfolds to show the depth levels of the descent, with helpful visual comparisons to a stack of Empire State Buildings (for depth) and Airbuses (for air pressure). The sequence climaxes with a final foldout depicting Piccard's deep-sea craft in detail, with labeled cross-sections in Biesty's appealing style. Other appropriate touches round out the well-conceived package, including pages with textured paper effects to match the era, from early parchment to a Moon map for the Apollo 11 voyage. Useful for report writers, attractive to browsers, and just right for readers who are curious about the adventure of exploration.--Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR

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VOYA Reviews 2011 August
Into the Unknown provides a detailed overview of well know, and some lesser known, explorers and their journeys in ships, rockets, balloons and submarines. The title has fourteen in-depth narrative chapters with cross sections of the vehicles used to accomplish the quests. The explorations are arranged chronologically and include explorers from many cultures and journeys to different continents. It begins with the remarkable adventures of ancient explorers Pytheas and Leif Eriksson, and then looks at the fascinating exploits of medieval explorers like Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus and Magellan. A dramatic account of bold polar explorers, mountaineers, and astronauts provides more current ventures. Ross includes information about the lives and careers of the explorers, a brief history of the time period, how their discoveries impacted the way people viewed the world, and the daunting dangers they faced. He chronicles the motivations of each exploration (fame, research or riches) and the success or failure of the journey. Stephen Biesty creates the vivid intricate cross-sections that explain how things were built, how the mechanics worked, the supplies and equipment transported, and how the crews lived This title will make an outstanding addition to collections of world history and will draw visual learners. It could be used for writing a report, and the attractive illustrations and interesting details will also attract a browser. Readers who enjoy the Eyewitness series by Dorling Kindersley will appreciate this book. A bibliography, index and glossary are included. This title is appropriate for middle, high school and public libraries.?Eileen Kuhl 4Q 3P M J Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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