STARS, MOSQUITOES AND CROCODILES by Millicent E. Selsam

STARS, MOSQUITOES AND CROCODILES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

During the five years from 1799 to 1804, the amazing Alexander von Humboldt traveled through the Tropics, South America, Cuba, Mexico and the United States, recording his observations in the fields of astronomy, botany, anthropology, geology, etc. From these extensive writings, the above author of juvenile science books has selected passages, bridging the gaps with explanatory comments of her own in an effort to unify and make the whole intelligible to a young audience. Here are Humboldt's reflections on slavery in and South America, his record of plant life in the America, his studies of Indian culture as well as personal accounts of the scaling of Mount Chimborazo, the dangerous journey down the Apure River, impressions of eclipses and earthquakes A fascinating and diverse record for those not yet able fully to cope with the original.

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1962
Publisher: Harper