Monday, May 18, 2015

Non-Fiction Monday: Discover More: Explorers by Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris

Discover More: Explorers by Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris. Scholastic Discover More series. 80 p. Scholastic Inc., December, 2014. 9780545791229. (Finished copy courtesy of publisher for review.)

Another excellent entry in the "must purchase" Discover More series. Explorers is sure to ignite the imagination of middle grade readers. Beautifully designed and well-organized, this entry is divided into three sections: Into the Unknown; Voyages of Discovery; and Above and Beyond. And the bonus ebook is not to be missed. That highlights men and women who are 21st century explorers.

Beginning with the essential question, "Why explore?" readers contemplate the challenges and dangers of going where no man has gone before. There's a Hall of Fame and a world map that traces the routes of ten explorers. The section about Voyages of Discovery begins with ancient explorers. Each double-page spread focuses on an individual or group of people who set out for the unknown. Crammed with photos, maps, and artist's renderings, there is plenty to catch the eye.  A glossary and index conclude the volume. A code for the online book is provided at the beginning.

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