Keep On!

Keep On!

The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-discoverer of the North Pole

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Many know the story of Robert Peary's great 1909 expedition to reach the North Pole. Yet few people know that Peary was joined on this grueling, history-making journey by fellow explorer Matthew Henson.

Henson was born just after the Civil War, a time when slavery had been abolished, but few opportunities were available for black people. Even as a child, he exhibited a yearning for adventure, and at the age of only thirteen, he embarked on a five-year voyage sailing the seven seas and learning navigation, history, and mathematics.

Henson's greatest adventure began when he accepted an invitation from Robert Peary to join his expedition to the North Pole. The team endured storms, shifting ice, wind, injuries, accidents, and unimaginable cold. Finally on April 1, Peary, Henson, and four Inuit men began the final 133-mile push to the Pole.

Readers will share in the excitement and drama of this remarkable, adventure as award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson pays tribute to a great but under-recognized figure from America's past. Illustrator Stephen Alcorn's large-format, stylized ink-and-watercolor illustrations capture all the action. Excerpts from Henson's expedition diaries, a time line, and an epilogue place the story in its historical context.

Publisher: Atlanta, Ga. : Peachtree Publishers, c2009.
ISBN: 9781561454730
1561454737
Call Number: 921 HENSON
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 25 x 29 cm
Subjects: Henson, Matthew Alexander, 1866-1955 -- Juvenile literature.
Arctic regions -- Discovery and exploration -- Juvenile literature.
North Pole -- Discovery and exploration -- Juvenile literature.
Explorers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American explorers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Additional Contributors: Alcorn, Stephen - Illustrator

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