Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG13 (Cheating on a spouse) Violence: PG GRAPHIC NOVEL
is loosely based on the biography of real life explorer and world adventurer
Matthew Henson. The reader is switched between views of him as an old man, working a
menial job and looking downtrodden, and then him young again, during his years at
sea. In both times we see him facing prejudice for being African American.
Though he was accomplished both through his skills, his communication and work
with Natives, and his accomplishments in reaching the North Pole, he received
little credit.The author weaves in Intuit mythology as well.
This is a
very interesting and eye opening read. I think that the fictionalization adds
to the story and the sheer amount of facts makes this for sure worthwhile
educational read. Its absolutely fascinating and also infuriating reading about
Matthew Henson's life. Especially in regards to his accomplishments despite the
prejudice that he had to face over and over again. Also of interest was the
treatment of the Native Intuit people and the infighting about exploration
accomplishments between rich white explorers. The artwork is stellar.
Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.