Spirit of Endurance

by Armstrong, Jennifer, 1961-

Format: Print Book 2000
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 919.804 Arm
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 919.804 Arm
In August 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set out from England in an attempt to lead the first expedition across the Antarctic continent. What followed was one of the most extraordinary survival stories in history: a ship trapped and then wrecked by ice; an expedition marooned, first on the constantly shifting Antarctic pack, then on a remote, uninhabited island; a daring open boat journey across the world's most violent ocean; a trek over unmapped mountains; and finally an amazing rescue. Jennifer Armstrong's Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World received widespread praise and won the Orbis Pictus Award. Now she tells the Endurance story for a younger audience, in an oversize format with color paintings re-creating the detail and drama of the expedition's ordeal.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 4^-8. With several more detailed books about Shackleton's Imperial Transatlantic Expedition available (including Armstrong's own 1998 Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World), the question is do we really need another? If the text for this one hadn't been so clear, the answer would have been no. But this coffee-table size book provides an excellent outline of the extraordinary expedition, even injecting some anecdotal material along the way that will whet appetites for more about one of history's great survival stories. William Maughan's large paintings, both dramatic and impressive, will show up well in a small-group situation, but it's Frank Hurley's photos, taken during the expedition (several of which are also included here--many more are in Armstrong's other book), that are, in the end, the most fascinating. --Stephanie Zvirin"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This distillation of Armstrong's Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World into picture book format masterfully foreshortens the key events of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated expedition aboard the Endurance to Antarctica. Trapped in pack ice in January 1915, Shackleton and his crew survived for nearly a year in the frozen polar wasteland, then traveled 100 miles by open lifeboat to an uninhabited islet. Shackleton and a handpicked team sailed a further 800 miles "across the stormiest ocean in the world, facing 100-foot waves, bitter temperatures, and hurricane-force winds," then trekked across the uncharted mountains and glaciers of South Georgia Island to a whaling station. After several attempts, Shackleton took a Chilean steamer back to the islet and saved every member of his crew. Although the opening is a bit abrupt, Armstrong's account of these astonishing feats of fortitude ripples with drama. Only those who have read her longer version of the events will miss the copious quotes that capture the voices of the men and the colorful anecdotes (e.g., Hussey's banjo serenades) she brings so vividly to life in Shipwreck. The book's oversize format hints at the scope of Shackleton's larger-than-life adventure and provides a generous frame for an ample supply of maps, original photographs (including the famous shot of the ice-bound Endurance, her hull and rigging covered with a ghostly white frost) and Maughan's panoramic, wide-view paintings. The paintings cannot rival the intrinsic fascination of the photographs, but they are atmospheric and imposingly scaled. Their imaginations stirred, many readers will want to tackle her earlier volume for more of the story. Ages 8-10. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Shackleton, Ernest Henry, -- Sir, -- 1874-1922 -- Travel -- Antarctica.
Endurance (Ship)
Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition -- (1914-1917)
Antarctica -- Discovery and exploration.
Publisher New York :Crown Publishers,2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description 32 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 37 cm
ISBN 0517800918 (tr)
0517800926 (glb)
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