Saturday, January 12, 2013

Tiger of the Snows, by Burleigh and Young

Robert Burleigh writes a poem and Ed Young illustrates in Tiger of the Snows: Tenzing Norgay: The Boy Whose Dream Was Everest. Burleigh's poem takes the form of a ballad ("a song for Tenzing"), versifying some of the major events around Tenzing Norgay's life. The facts are mostly good, though the point of the poem is more inspirational than informational. There was an aside about an avalanche, however, that is hard to line up with Tenzing's life experiences. Young's pastels are pleasant. Some are general mountain scenery (Burleigh didn't always give him a lot to work with.), a couple are based on famous photographs (such as Hillary and Tenzing ascending to the Balcony with heavy packs), and others are dramatic originals. At the end, there's a page of information that tells of the 1953 climb as well as a bit about Tenzing's career. On the back cover is an endorsement by Tenzing's son, Jamling Tenzing Norgay.

This post is a revision and expansion (Only two sentences last time!) of an earlier entry, which can be found here.

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