Matthew Henson didn't walk all the way from Washington, D.C to Baltimore just to "look at the ships at the dock." Henson's determination, courage, and willingness to seize opportunity are woven through this poetic narrative with eye-grabbing illustrations. What kind of a man was Matthew Henson? How did he end up at the North Pole? This is an inspiring story of the willingness to learn and the courage to risk that it takes to achieve great goals and perhaps even small goals. Carole Boston Weatherford paints us a picture of the journey of Henson's life and emphasizes the obstacles he faced at every turn but which he turned into opportunities. So, keep a fair weather eye out in your own life for the possibilities that might be just around the corner that could take you to the top of the world. 32 pages Ages 7-10
I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer
Walker & Company, December 2007
Social Studies Curriculum
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