Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
Alexandra Stewart, illus Joe Todd-Stanton

Bloomsbury Childrens Books

ISBN 9781526600769

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.

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Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay5/5

Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

Alexandra Stewart, illus Joe Todd-Stanton

Review

From the gorgeous, stylised imagery by illustrator Joe Todd-Stanton to the conversational tone of the text, I loved this book about the two men behind the first ascent of Everest - Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. As the book explains, their experiences and strengths made these two the perfect team to ascend the summit, but author Alexandra Stewart also reminds us that the attempt was very much a team effort, from the porters and kit suppliers to all those who had made attempts previously and so broadened the knowledge of mountaineers about Everest.

What stood out for me was learning that neither Hillary nor Tenzing had privileged backgrounds, but overcame their modest backgrounds through determination and single-mindedness. It's a strong message to give young people, not to let anything stand between you and your dreams - and that hard work will be needed to get you there.

The book is formatted into sections, beginning with the two very different childhoods of Tenzing and Hillary, then an exploration of earlier attempts, before taking us through a detailed exploration of their ascent, including the near disasters and reminding us of the dangers and resourcefulness they needed in their attempt. Finally, we discover what happened to each of the men after their successful ascent of Everest.

This is a book that demands to be poured over. The text is hugely readable and delves into each man's story with sensitivity and respect, and you do come away feeling that you know something about their characters. And although it is written retrospectively, you still feel the tension that the climbers must have experienced in the run-up to and during their attempt.

The illustrations, meanwhile, glow off the pages - the white snow and blue skies transported me to the Alps, and I loved the scenes describing Hillary and Tenzing's lives beyond the mountains.

This is definitely a book to share with able and reluctant readers alike, young and old, and those who love going out to find adventures - as well as those who love reading about them at home. Highly recommended.

64 pages / Ages 9 - 90 / Reviewed by Ellen Green

Reviewed by: Ellen Green


Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay5/5

Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

Alexandra Stewart, illus Joe Todd-Stanton

Review

Everest: The remarkable story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay is just that - remarkable!

Told in a way that tells their incredible journey in a story-like manner, this book is absolutely one for all teachers to have on their bookshelves - particularly with so many year groups now developing their own curriculum and looking at explorers and significant events in history.

If you were not familiar with this tale, let me explain. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay battled frostbiting temperatures, and death-defying ridges to be the first two people to reach the top of the world's highest mountain. And with this beautifully illustrated book, jam-packed with facts about them, their journey and Everest - it is a sure fire way to ignite curiosity with anyone who reads it.

This is an absolute gem of a book from Bloomsbury and one I will be using next year during one of our Year 6 topics without question!

64 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Leanne Woolcock, teacher

Reviewed by: Leanne Woolcock