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I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer By Carole Boston Weatherford Eric Velásquez,

  • Title: I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer
  • Author: Carole Boston Weatherford Eric Velásquez
  • ISBN: 9780802796882
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Matthew Henson was not meant to lead an ordinary life His dreams had sails.They took him from the port of Balti, around the world, and north to the pole.No amount of fear, cold, hunger, or injustice could keep him from tasting adventure and exploring the world.He learned to survive in the Arctic wilderness, and he stood by Admiral Peary for years on end, all for the sMatthew Henson was not meant to lead an ordinary life His dreams had sails.They took him from the port of Balti, around the world, and north to the pole.No amount of fear, cold, hunger, or injustice could keep him from tasting adventure and exploring the world.He learned to survive in the Arctic wilderness, and he stood by Admiral Peary for years on end, all for the sake of his goal.And finally, after decades of facing danger and defying the odds, he reached the North Pole and made history.At last, Henson had proved himself as an explorer and as a man.
    I Matthew Henson Polar Explorer Matthew Henson was not meant to lead an ordinary life His dreams had sails They took him from the port of Balti around the world and north to the pole No amount of fear cold hunger or injustice c

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    1. I had never heard of Matthew Henson I m so glad I know about him What an amazing person He was born in 1866 and he was African American He expected to be treated as an equal back then He wanted to explore the world and he wasn t going to let anyone stop him That takes guts He and Peary sought to be the first to reach the North Pole After 6 or 7 tries, they did There was controversy around this fact during this lifetime because he was Black He took a picture and is now recognized as being integra [...]

    2. The first time I ever heard about Matthew Henson was in this exceptional picture book account of his life Born to sharecropper parents in 1866, Henson first went to sea as a thirteen year old cabin boy He would later make seven trips to the Arctic with Robert Peary On April 6, 1909, he and Peary and four Eskimo were the first to reach the North Pole Sadly, his role was almost immediately discredited and downplayed it was not until many years later that he received the recognition he deserved Thi [...]

    3. Matthew Henson was born to sharecropper parents in 1866 As a young boy, he heard a speech by Frederick Douglass, and was inspired by his words to dream of great accomplishments.When he was 13, Henson signed on as a cabin boy on a ship, sailing to five continents When the captain died, however, Henson at first could not find another ship on which he could be treated as an equal But a chance meeting with naval officer Robert Peary, who was determined to be the first man on the North Pole, changed [...]

    4. The oil pastel illustrations are beautiful and convey the majesty and wonder of the arctic landscape Weatherford s choice to start off all of the text blocks with the phrase I did not communicates the hard work, struggle, and determination of Matthew Henson to accomplish his dream of making a place for himself in history, as well as the prejudices that Henson experienced However, because of the choice to include I did not it might be somewhat confusing to younger readers who do not understand th [...]

    5. I love a book where you come away with knowledge of someone or something you had absolutely no idea existed In I, Matthew Henson Polar Explorer, I learned about Matthew Henson, who together with Robert Peary became the first men to reach the North Pole.I, Matthew Henson is written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Eric Velasquez Through poetry, it tells the life story of Matthew Henson, an African American man with big dreams of exploring the world Born in 1866, Henson lived in a t [...]

    6. I, Matthew Henson Polar Explorer is a biography for fourth grade and up This book won the Black Eyed Susan Award This story is about how Matthew Henson accomplished his dreams to become a famous explorer We learn throughout the story he was the first person to reach the North Pole The reason I m giving this book 3 stars is because it has a lot of factual information on each page The text starts out with a sentence that would be hard for younger children to understand This book is in an easy to r [...]

    7. The writing of the book makes this clear every new spread repeats how Matthew Henson didn t persevere against some hardship be it the environment, prejudice, hunger they have to eat their sled dogs at one point, so if your kids are especially sensitive, be ready for it , or superstition in order to give up or fail at that point Matthew Henson, of course, actually existed and actually helped Peary reach the North Pole In his words, he was the FIRST one there, in fact, but it s hard to know what r [...]

    8. This is a beautifully illustrated by Eric Velasquez overview of the life of Matthew Hensen The illustrations are extraordinary in their use of pastels to create the feeling of cold and desolation in the polar regions In a few short sentences Weatherford is able to tell the episodes of his life and why he remains a well known figure in exploration Weatherford uses the pattern of starting each episode with I did not to set the tone for Hensen s determination to make something of his life He does n [...]

    9. The reason I m giving this 2 stars is because on each page the text starts out with a sentence that is, in my opinion, confusing For example, I did not sail to the tropics just to launder shirts and cook meals I meant to prove myself as an explorer She states what he did not mean to do or mean to happen before stating what did happen I found this confusing and I think kids will too A couple of sentences like that would have been ok, but not a whole book of them.I liked the pictures, but the last [...]

    10. I liked this book though the text structure can be a bit difficult Each page follows a, He didn t do this to not do that, structure that just kind of got in the way of the story at times Still, it s a creative scaffold and I enjoyed the book either way Weatherford is a master of presenting history that is comprehensible and engaging and this book is no different The illustrations by Eric Velasquez are rich and detailed, very realistic I would recommend this book to middle grade readers with an i [...]

    11. I had never heard of Matthew Henson which is a travesty I ve heard a lot about Robert Peary, first explorer to reach the North Pole, but I had no idea his traveling companion was a black man I learned a lot from this book, which has inspired me to learn about Matthew Henson I gave it a 3 because I was turned off by the writing style Every page starts with I didn t do something so that something else could happen It s distracting and for me had a negative connotation I would have preferred to ju [...]

    12. Way too LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG of a book Yes, it hit the historical facts but it was dull and the length could have been cut in half I had to read this book to the class and it took forever and I gained only a few of the student s attention Even my cooperating teacher agreed that this book was not a good read aloud book She hadn t read it before but thought that it would be good It was not The way the book was written was in a factoral way and the story wasn t engaging like you d think it might be. [...]

    13. I knew Matthew Henson was an amazing individual and was probably the main reason he and Peary made it to the North Pole, but this did such a good job of showing his hard work, dedication, and expertise The way it s written really ropes you in and doesn t feel like a dry biography Eric Velsquez s artwork is beautiful, as always.I liked the other picture book bio I read on Henson, Keep On The Story of Matthew Henson but this is a cut above

    14. Poetic language introduces Matthew Henson, an African American, who does not conform to what society says a black man can do, but proves to himself that every step he takes everyday will lead him to accomplish his goals and he does, as a member of Robert Peary s team that reached the North Pole on April 6, 1909.The pastel illustrations that Eric Velasquez painted are exquisite and match the tone of the story A book to reread, especially for older children and adults.

    15. This gorgeous picture book uses spare, powerful language to describe the adult like and explorations of Matthew Henson He was an African American explorer who, after several failed attempts, eventually made it to the North Pole The prose was poetic and I think it d make a great readaloud for older grade school kids It certainly sparked an interest in me and I look forward to finding out details about Henson s life and travels.

    16. I love great picture books for teaching me fun stuff Oh, yeah, they teach the kids, too I didn t know anything much about this expedition and only knew Peary s name so I m so glad I read this book Maybe I should look for a grown up biography to read do you think it will have such fun pictures

    17. While I mostly really liked this book, the distinct writing style chosen I did not only to which is on every page starts to wear a bit, and by the end I found it annoying However, that should not dissuade anyone from purchasing the book for their library, still a very good choice for the biography section.

    18. This picture book biography is great for point of view Written in the first person with a strong air of determination and grit on the part of Matthew Henson, this book chronicles the important role Matthew Henson played in the expeditions of Admiral Peary and his uncredited role as the first man to reach the North Pole with Admiral Peary.

    19. The only reason this book is getting 2 stars is for the beautiful illustrations and the informative afterward I rarely use the word hate, but I absolutely hated the narrative which was so irritatingly repetitive with i did not do this to on each freaking page I seriously had to force myself to finish this quick read Bad.

    20. Loved the subject matter but thought the writing and execution of the story were terrible I am looking forward to finding another book on this great explorer I really was distracted by the terrible writing

    21. Young readers will have a hard time with the writing style of this book Stating what he did as I didn t gets confusing.Also a sentence about how they ate their dog sled team is sure to be alienating.

    22. I always count on Weatherford for important topics, good writing, and a pull on my heartstrings This is another book I read several times in order to feel the rhythm of the author s structure and her choice of words.

    23. A story about how an average man followed his dreams to become a famous explorer He goes on to be the first person to reach the north pole The story is written as fiction instead of non fiction At the end of the story, there is a brief summary of Matthew Henson s life.

    24. The story of a man who explores and survives the attic wilderness And just like santa he reaches the North Pole How cool

    25. Weird way of writing, in which each page starts I did not do blah blah, to let blah blah stop me Would be a confusing construction for many kids I bet Beautiful pictures though.

    26. This book is about a man who becomes an explorer of the Arctic and makes friends with the Eskimos He maps out the trail on how to get to the north pole as his final exploration goal.

    27. Beautiful illustrations and factual information presented in an easy to read format The wording might be a bit tricky for younger readers to understand without adult assistance.

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