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