Everest – Alexandra Stewart

Illustrated by: Joe Todd-Stanton

Stars: *****

Everest is the story of two real heroes: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. These two amazing men were the first to make it to the top of the world: the summit of Mount Everest.

Although told in a story format, Everest is packed full of facts from the beginning of the explorers stories, to the end. It details their lives before the climb, the equipment they need, different areas on the mountain journey and key people who helped them along the way.

For me, the illustrations really made this book. They were detailed and explanatory which perfectly matched the text: each style reflected the text on the page.

It’s a story we have all heard but never really get to see the small details which allowed these men to accomplish what they did. It was very interesting to see all the small parts that made up the whole; the many people that these men could not have achieved reaching the top of the world without/.

This biographical account of their journey was written in a way that really helps children not only understand, but build empathy for the struggles and achievements that were in their path.

My personal favourite part was the explanation and incredible illustration of the Khumbu Icefall. Whenever I think of a mountain I just think of a rocky climb – it’s easy to forget the different terrains and dangers that are in the path of mountaineers! This allowed you to get a hint of the very real risks taken to achieve this goal.

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