The early 19th century childhood of David Livingstone is dramatized in this biography-in an attempt to point out the early experiences that shaped the great Scottish explorer. Born to a poor family, David was forced to leave school to work in a cotton mill. To escape the drabness of his environment, he indulged in glorious dreams. Through his father's travel books, the world took on a striking brilliance. Eventually he earned enough money to enroll in a Glasgow medical school and to join the London Missionary Society. Boys and girls already intrigued by the African explorations of Livingstone may be interested in his early years. There is nothing here about the discoveries that later made Livingstone famous.