PPBF: Shackleton’s Journey

ShackletonCoverAuthor/Illustrator: William Grill
Publisher: Flying Eye Books, 2014
Ages: 7 and up
Themes: Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, explorers, Antarctica
Opening: Introduction: Born on 15 February 1874, Shackleton was the second of ten children.
Summary: (from my library’s catalog) Presents a visual narrative of Ernest Shackleton’s voyage to Antarctica during which his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in ice, forcing the crew on a desperate trek to seek rescue.


I like this book because: it’s GORGEOUS and just the kind of book I would have wanted as a kid – glorious, expansive spreads illustrated with my favorite energy-yielding media – pencils! Oh, and lists, more lists, and maps! I can’t say why, but some of the images are less crisp than others, and that was a little disappointing, but no matter – they bedazzle so much you still feel a chill!


Resources/activities: great read for any unit on exploration; track the journey on a class room map with yarn; more activities on the Endurance Voyage from PBS Nova Teachers – HERE


More PPBF picks on Susanna Hill’s blog – HERE




20 thoughts on “PPBF: Shackleton’s Journey

  1. I’ve had my eye on this one for some time, but haven’t gotten to it for some reason. I thought for sure that the Mom Person would be grabbing it up because she loves all things to do with explorations and especially of Antarctica. Maybe this will inspire her to get moving! Thanks for sharing!

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