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Children's Nonfiction Exploration & Discovery

Explorers Who Made It... Or Died Trying

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2011
Exploration & Discovery
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2011
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7


Discover why each of these 12 intrepid explorers risked everything to conquer the great unknown.

Explorers have transformed the world with their curiosity. But with great knowledge comes great responsibility, and thriving on adventure has often lead to great danger.

The explorers profiled here will give younger readers a fascinating survey of the history of this most dramatic of pastimes. The themes that are explored are: what motivated these explorers? What were they looking for, and what did they actually find? How did their journeys change their lives and the lives of the people they met?

The explorers included are:

  • Samuel de Champlain
  • Marco Polo
  • Henry Hudson
  • Christopher Columbus
  • James Cook
  • Hernán Cortés
  • Lewis and Clark
  • John Franklin
  • Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson
  • Roald Amundsen

About the author


Frieda Wishinsky
est l'auteure de plus de 40 livres pour enfants. Parmi les ouvrages déjà
parus, on peut citer, entre autres,

Ounga Bounga, Tu es méchante Lily-Ange!, Le sac à main de la reine,
Canada en vedette

et les romans de la série Catastrophe! Elle vit à Toronto, en


FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written over seventy books for children, including Oonga Boonga; You're Mean, Lily Jean; the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award winner Please, Louise!; the middle-grade series Survival, and the non-fiction books Explorers Who Made It . . . or died trying; Everything but the Kitchen Sink and Colossal Canada. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband. Visit her online at

Frieda Wishinsky's profile page


  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice)
  • Short-listed, OLA Silver Birch Award, Non-Fiction
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice)
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Librarian Reviews

Explorers Who Made It...or Died Trying

Why did explorers risk their lives to climb mountains, sail unknown seas or venture into the coldest continents on Earth? Was it for the sake of science or curiosity, fame or fortune? Students will enjoy reading about 12 different explorers, and the critical events that made them into historical figures, in this fun, yet informative, book. Hilarious illustrations and silly sidebars help make learning history enjoyable.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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