Saturday, March 23, 2013

Mount Everest, by Sarah de Capua

Sarah De Capua writes a short book for beginning readers in Mount Everest. The content is very basic, with a sentence or two on every page. What she writes is pretty accurate, with tidbits of information on Everest's physical and cultural geography, as well as its climbing history. (Hillary, however, might be a bit offended by Tenzing's being his "guide" in this book.) There's even a photo-glossary at the end. What's quite strange in this book is that, even though there are photos of mountains throughout this book, Everest only makes an appearance in the background of the photo on page 18 of two Sherpa and in the glossary under the illustration of a glacier. There's pictures of climbers ascending the Lhotse Face as well as on the summit, but all the photos of mountains are of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse (in addition to a pretty picture from the Rockies), including the ones labeled "Mount Everest." I enjoyed reading this one with my young daughter, even if I felt strange about the photos. 

This post is a revision and expansion of an earlier entry, found here.

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