Thursday, June 27, 2013

"Henry Hudson Explorer of the Hudson River" by Arlene Bourgeois Molzahn

ISBN-13: 9780766020702

Henry Hudson Explorer of the Hudson River by Arlene Bourgeois Molzahn is an enjoyable book to read.  The author has filled the pages with clear information about the historical period, the Age of Exploration.   There was a clear portrayal of a Hudson’s desire to find a northern water route to the Indies and the surprising discoveries he made instead. 
Molzahn clearly writes of the interactions between Hudson and those for whom he was working.  I especially enjoyed reading the depiction of what life was like  when traveling on the sea during that time period.  I think often we have idealized views of explores and almost romanticize what it would be like to be an explorer.  Molzahn clearly presents the trials and struggles that went along with the life of an explorer during this time period.   
I also enjoyed the mixture of new photographs and old style pictures that went along with the text of each page.  This book would be a good resource for middle graders as well as junior high students interested in the life of early explorers. (reviewed by Claudette Delorge)
DISCLOSURE:  A complimentary copy of Henry Hudson Explorer of the Hudson River was provided by Enslow Publishers, Incorporated, for the purpose of review. No compensation was received for this review.

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