Matthew Henson

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Mathew Henson survived poverty and racism as an African American, and he survived the dangers and challenges of the Arctic one of the first people to reach the North Pole. This book tells the story of a man who risked his life to achieve his dreams.

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Grade 2-4-In simple language, this book describes the life of the first African American to travel to the North Pole, but the emphasis is on his explorations. Born to poor sharecroppers in 1866, Henson was on his own by the time he was 13. He later met Robert Peary, and, in 1891, the two men set off for Greenland. He returned to the Arctic in 1893, 1898, and 1905. He and Peary and four Inuit finally reached the Pole on April 6, 1909. Despite his accomplishments, Henson still had a hard time finding a good job. Thirty-one years after being buried in a humble grave in New York City, Dr. S. Allen Counter arranged through President Reagan to have Henson and his wife reburied at Arlington National Cemetery. Black-and-white photos appear on most pages, and each chapter begins with a colored drawing. This open-formatted, easy-to-read biography will inform and keep the attention of young readers.
Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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