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Children's Nonfiction Exploration & Discovery

Mapping the Wilderness

The Story of David Thompson

by (author) Tom Shardlow

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2006
Exploration & Discovery, Historical, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2006
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 1996
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 5 to 6
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


David Thompsons story is one of the great tales of North American adventure. His life was a mixture of truth and legend, but he was without a doubt one of the greatest surveyors and mapmakers of the North American continent. Raised in a charity school in London, England, and apprenticed to the Hudsons Bay Company as a teenager, he then travelled extensively, recording valuable navigational information. His life was one of adventure and hardship but also of incredible accomplishment.

About the author

Tom Shardlow holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and is a Research Biologist with more than thirty articles contributed to international scientific and technical journals. His diverse writing, ranges from poetry and prize winning short fiction published in literary magazines to book reviews for Quill and Quire and Canadian Geographic. His freelance work, which includes creative drawings and photographs, often appear as feature articles in magazines and in newspapers. Tom has completed a biography of David Thompson , A Trail by Stars, for XYZ Publishing and is currently working on a popular history of biology and a science-fiction novel. He lives with his family on Vancouver Island.

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Librarian Reviews

Mapping the Wilderness: The Story of David Thompson (Stories of Canada)

Readers learn about one of North America's greatest surveyors and mapmakers, David Thompson (1770-1857). Apprenticed to the Hudson Bay Company, he travelled extensively, recording valuable navigational information. His life was one of danger and hardship but of incredible accomplishment as well.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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