THE TOP OF THE WORLD by Steve Jenkins

THE TOP OF THE WORLD

Climbing Mount Everest
Age Range: 8 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

A breathtaking picture-book account of a climb to the top of Mount Everest. Jenkins (Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest, 1998, etc.) documents each step of the way with vivid crushed-paper and cut-paper collages that will rivet viewers. He begins with a world map that shows the Himalayas, recounts efforts to measure the peaks, describes early expeditions, and includes the successful climbs of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953, and Rheinhold Messner in 1980. Next, Jenkins illustrates the necessary gear for modern mountain-climbing, and describes the journey itself, beginning in Kathmandu, Nepal, the 100-mile trek to the base of Mount Everest, then step-by-step, up the mountain to the summit. At each step, the striking collages extend the information of the text and capture the majesty of the mountain. Visually arresting and inspiring. (Picture book. 8-12)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-395-94218-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1999




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