Wednesday, August 5, 2009

So You Want to Be an Explorer?

So You Want to Be an Explorer? by Judith St. George, Illustrated by David Small, 2005. 

The same author and illustrator of the picture book, "So You Want to Be President" created another great book about dozens of explorers throughout history such as:

Marco Polo
Mary Kingsley
Alexander the Great
Ferdinand Magellan
Amerigo Vespucci
Leif Eriksson
Francisco Pizarro
George Washington
And many, many more!

The only criticism I would give is that it doesn't just focus on a handful of explorers, so you don't get much of a detailed history. Maybe you can ask your children who they want to learn more about, and then look for additional books on just a couple of people.

The illustrations in the book are cartoon-like drawings and not actual pictures. That's something else you can research with your child. But the illustrations in this book are fun, and make the explorers look exciting. It's worth reading with your elementary age child.

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