Kirkus Reviews QR Code
HUDSON by Janice Weaver

HUDSON

By Janice Weaver (Author) , David Craig (Illustrator)

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-88776-814-9
Publisher: Tundra

The complex story of explorer Henry Hudson, who, when remembered at all, is known more for his temper, favoritism and failed expeditions than anything else. Weaver acknowledges his flaws but argues that he was also a courageous, tireless and misunderstood figure who helped further our understanding of the world and the accurate mapping of North America. Not much is known beyond the records kept during 1607-1611, when Hudson first set out to discover a northern passage to Asia. This culminated in a fourth and final voyage in what is now called Hudson Bay, where he was cut loose from his desperate and starving crew. The author draws upon those records and other primary-source material to craft this account. This work will particularly appeal to youth who live near the bodies of water named for him (the Hudson River, Bay and Strait), but the author packs in enough dramatic tidbits to keep any young history buff’s attention, including sidebars on such related topics as navigation, whaling and scurvy. Craig’s poignant illustrations evoke 17th-century style. (historic sites, suggested reading, index) (Biography. 10-14)