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: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

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Sometimes we get the idea to do something really hard - maybe nobody else has ever done it before.  We give it a try and things get tough.  They always get tough...for everybody.  But people do succeed in doing these amazing things and we never really get to hear what they went through; we never get to understand what kind of people they are and why they didn't quit.  You wonder, don't you?  What kept them going?  How did they do it?

Those are great questions to ask when you think about the idea that a beekeeper and a former yak herder were the first two people to ever make it to the top of the highest mountain on the planet, Mt. Everest.  How did they do it?  Why didn't they give up?  Was it hard?  Was it scary?  Why did they want to climb Mt. Everest in the first place?

This tall book - tall like Mt. Everest book - is two stories that come together to be one story.  Here is where you get to see the real beginning of this journey for each of these two guys - the beekeeper and the former yak herder.  These are not your WWE guys.  They didn't have an Instagram account that we know of.  Heck, when they got to the top of the mountain there wasn't anybody there to say great job guys and give them a contract to promote cereal.

Who was Edmund Hilary?  Where did he grow up?  How did he learn to climb?  Who was Tenzing Norgay?  Where did he grow up?  How did he learn to climb?  How did they find each other?  Why didn't they quit? How many people were on the team that made their expedition possible?

I will tell you that cookies, chicken noodle soup and canned apricots were involved.  I can tell you it wasn't easy.  I can tell you there were problems.

It's pretty cool to read the real story of this amazing success....and to read about what they did next.

64 pages                              978-1526600769                            Ages 9-12

Keywords:  mountain climbing, mountains, courage, risk, grit, teamwork, working together, overcoming adversity, overcoming obstacles, Nepal, biography, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, Asian history

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

Read alike: First to the Top by David Hill


In the late morning of May 29th 1953, the sun was shining brightly on the roof of the world, a gentle breeze was blowing and two men were there to witness it for the first time ever . Their names were Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and the roof of the world was Everest.

This is the breathtaking story of how two very different yet equally determined men battled frost-biting temperatures, tumbling ice rocks, powerful winds and death-defying ridges to climb the world's highest mountain. Join these two unlikely heroes on the most amazing of adventures and discover the impact of hundreds of men and women that helped Hillary and Tenzing achieve their goal. But triumphs can be marred with tragedy as not everyone who climbs Everest survives ...

With a beautiful foreword by the greatest living explorer of our time, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, this brilliant book combines fresh and contemporary illustrations by Joe Todd-Stanton with Alexandra Stewart's captivating writing and publishes in time to celebrate the centenary of Edmund Hillary's birth. This unique narrative tells the story of how Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made their mark on the world from birth right up to their final days and the impact they've had on Nepal today.--from the publisher

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