|Dimensions||6.5 x 9.25|
|Subject||Biography & Autobiography , Exploration & Discovery - Juvenile Nonfiction , Historical - Juvenile Nonfiction , History , People & Places , Polar Regions - Juvenile Nonfiction , United States - African-American, Juvenile Nonfiction|
Exploring the North Pole: The Story of Robert Edwin Peary and Matthew Henson
The Arctic, the far, frozen north, can be a very dangerous place for people to visit. The Arctic is almost always bitterly cold, with temperatures that can go far below -50F and be in total darkness for four months out of a year. Terrible storms sweep across the ice and snow, and great crevasses, perilous openings in the ice, can swallow the unlucky traveler. By the early 1900s, many expeditions had tried to reach the farthest point north, the North Pole, but all of them had failed. Many explorers had died. Tales spread that no one could reach the North Pole. They warned that the land was cursed. But in the early twentieth century, two men decided to brave the Arctic again. They were Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson. And they were determined to do what no one had ever done. They were going to reach the North Pole.