Crocodiles, Camels & Dugout Canoes: Eight Adventurous Episodes

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Dutton Children's Books, 1998 - Adventure and adventurers - 48 pages
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Exciting segments from the adventures of eight travelers who followed their dreams, regardless of setbacks and sometimes insurmountable obstacles. A pre-Darwinian naturalist who trampled barefoot through the snake-infested jungles of South America; a nineteenth-century Swedish engineer who set out for the North Pole in a gas-filled balloon; and a Victorian woman who, after a sheltered life in a London suburb, pursued a fish and fetish mission in West Africa. These are just a few of the intrepid travelers whose exploits are dramatically evoked in this fascinating book. Bo Zaunders and Roxie Munro have brought together people of rare individual initiative and sketched their stories from diaries, letters, and books. As success is not necessarily a gauge of valor, their quests do not always turn out as they hoped. What really matters is how they dealt with unexpected, often desperate situations. Their stories make for compelling, even spellbinding reading. Roxie Munro

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Mary Kingsley Gabon West Africa 1895
Ernest Shackleton the Antarctic 1915

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Roxie Munro and Bo Zaunders have created numerous award-winning books for children on inventors, adventurers, early aviators, and great buildings. Her The Inside-Outside series (six books) has sold more than 130,000 copies. Their recent Mazescapes (SeaStar) has sold 13,000 copies since it's publication in Fall '01. Roxie has illustrated numerous covers for The New Yorker and has an avid following among collector.

Roxie Munro is an award-winning author/illustrator of more than thirty-five books for children. Her books have received such honors as New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year and Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children, among many others. Her art has been exhibited nationally, including in the Original Art Exhibit at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. Roxie lives in New York City. Learn more:

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