Saturday, October 24, 2009

Readathon: Hour 17: Keep On!

Whew. Getting very, very sleepy. Five books left to read and review. Can I finish them all and then take a short nap? Can I take the advice of Henson and keep on going?

Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole by Deborah Hopkinson

An exerpt:

"Matthew Henson
was born in a Maryland cabin,
at a time when boys dreamed of finding glory,
of planting flags at the ends of the Earth,
making the unknown known,
and recording their names into history books.

Young Matt had that same hunger to explore,
but most folks would have laughed at his dreams.
For Matt was born in 1866, just after the Civil War,
a time when poor black boys like him
had few chance to roam the next county,
to say nothing of another country, the seven seas,
or the top of the world."

The line breaks in this book make the worlds read like poetry. Each double page has a quote that emphasizes the ideas on the pages.

The story tells the most important events of Henson's trip with Peary to the North Pole. The book concludes with an author's note telling more about Henson, a time line, and a list of resources.

1 comment:

  1. Famous Reader’s Toast

    May you...
    Always have books on your shelves,
    Snack like there are no calories,
    Blog as if you were Dooce,
    Win copious challenges and drawings,
    And read like it was the read-a-thon.


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