The back and forth between her life story and the search for her after her final crash is a very effective device. Well researched and written biograp...moreThe back and forth between her life story and the search for her after her final crash is a very effective device. Well researched and written biography.(less)
Born in Greenland, Marie Ahnighito Peary, daughter of the Arctic explorer, Robert Peary, began life as a celebrity "Snow Baby." People were shocked th...moreBorn in Greenland, Marie Ahnighito Peary, daughter of the Arctic explorer, Robert Peary, began life as a celebrity "Snow Baby." People were shocked that Josephine Peary would give birth to her daughter in the northern Greenland, but thrilled when she was born healthy and thrived through her first year there. Marie did not live all her life above the Arctic Circle, but did return several times to visit her father for periods of a year or more during his 23-year quest to reach the North Pole. She relished the freedom she had there with the Inuit children and the pet status among the expedition crew. She had her fair share of adventures escaping avalanches, playing with the Inuit children and her unique pets such as the musk ox, Daisy.
While told from the viewpoint of Marie's adventures, Snow Baby does not shy away from the controversies of Commodore Peary's life, but does frame them with explanations of social norms of the time. A book both adults and children can learn from and enjoy.(less)
Politics brought John Adams and Thomas Jefferson together. It also tore them apart. In Worst of Friends, Suzanne Tripp Jurmain captures the deep frien...morePolitics brought John Adams and Thomas Jefferson together. It also tore them apart. In Worst of Friends, Suzanne Tripp Jurmain captures the deep friendship between them, the political differences that severed that friendship and the eventual reconciliation.
Larry Day’s illustrations complement Jurmain’s writing beautifully. They capture both the seriousness and the humour in this tale. Facial expressions reign supreme whether they are facing off across a table or young children are gazing at their statues. The insults they hurled at each other makes it clear that politics have never been polite. “Vain, suspicious, irritable, stubborn, and wrong” John and “weak, confused, uninformed, and ignorant” Tom may have been founding fathers, but they were not universally admired! Their personal conflict was rooted in deep political differences over the role of the federal government and impacted the governing of the United States to this day.
A good read anytime, The Worst of Friends by is a particularly worthwhile read during an election year for adults as well as children. I just hope it doesn’t lead to any street fights between classrooms divided between Team Tom and Team John.