Awesome archaeologists, marvellous mountaineers, superb scientists, fabulous fossil-hunters, courageous climbers, solo sailors, amazing artists, wonderful walkers, fearless fighters - these are just some of the amazing achievements that make an appearance in this children’s encyclopaedia that is bursting with information. Whether you fancy becoming an explorer, an inventor, a daredevil, a trailblazer or something else, be inspired by those that have seen it, done it, invented it, built it, climbed it, sailed it, flown over it and more…
Do not be fooled by the title of this book, the use of the word ‘adventures’ hangs very loosely. This is far more than simply adventures to new places. It is adventures in science, in maths, in art, in medicine, in politics, in philosophy, in fashion, the list goes on. Adventures of the mind are just as important as adventures of the body. And scientists, mathematicians, artists, designers and engineers sit comfortably alongside travellers, hikers, globe trotters, aviation pioneers, stunt people, climbers and explorers.
The fact-filled treat is presented across five sections - Explorers and discoverers, Scientists and inventors, Trailblazers and pioneers, Builders, creators and thinkers, Daredevils and risk takers - that detail the achievements of a variety of people from history through to the present day.
Coverage is vast as figures from around the world feature throughout. There are plenty of inspirational BAME and females for young girls to take inspiration from. Grace Hopper was a computer programming pioneer, Helen Keller was blind and deaf yet that didn’t stop her from becoming one of the most inspirational females in the world and Bessie Colman was the first African-American to earn a pilot’s licence.
As with all DK books, the presentation of the book is first class. Each person is presented over a double page spread and the visuals are incredibly appealing. Colourful graphics, photographs, illustrations and maps are in abundance and short paragraphs of text provide plenty of information that will encourage readers to find out more about those that inspire them.
This book packs huge appeal and could be enjoyed by children of any age. Children of 7+ will enjoy reading it on their own whilst younger children will enjoy sharing the book with an adult. There really is someone to grab the attention of every child and to get young bodies and minds fizzing with ideas and inspiration.
Recommended for 5+.