Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: The story of the many fearless pilots who have attempted, some successfully, some not, to fly by plane or balloon across the the North Pole's edge -- the rim of the Arctic's million square miles of ice whose constantly shifting position & surface make it impossible to cross by ship or sled. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
To conquer a landless region of ragged ice floes and treacherous, ever-changing leads of open water -- this was the challenge for the first courageous men who set out to fly over the North Pole at the turn of the century.
In 1897 a Swede named Salomon Andrée and his crew made the first attempt in a helium balloon...and disappeared into the ice-forming fog. It wasn't until 1930 that their remains -- including intact film from their cameras! -- were discovered. The Amundsen-Ellsworth team embarked on the first arctic venture to use airplanes in 1925 and 1926, only to be beaten to the takeoff by Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett, whose claim to a successful transpolar flight is still regarded with skepticism. George Wilkins and Ben Eielson also made their bid to fly as far as possible towards the pole and planned to walk the rest of the way, if necessary. During a takeoff attempt, Wilkins was left on the ground twice -- finally, in desperation, clamping his teeth onto a rope trailing from the aircraft. A final attempt by the Italian Umberto Nobile and his dog, Titina, turned into an almost comedic series of blunders that ended in a successful rescue.
These are true stories of intrepid, resourceful fliers who, despite their primitive equipment in a hostile environment, determined to make it "over the Edge."
From School Library Journal:
Grade 7 Up-Combine the "new" technology of aviation with daredevil determination and you get intrepid airmen doggedly attempting to reach/traverse the North Pole during the golden age of arctic "barnstorming" (1895-1928). In a readable text larded with quotes from original journals and contemporary media, Tessendorf recounts several of these expeditions, some mired in tragedy and others a tribute to luck, human persistence, and improving technology. The exploits range from the ill-fated Andree helium balloon expedition in 1897 (their frozen remains were discovered 33 years later), through the triumphant bisection of the Pole in 1926 by an airship piloted by Umberto Nobile, to the politics-riddled disaster of Nobile's Italia attempt in 1928. Black-and-white photos (many grainy due to extreme circumstances) present visualizations of these dauntless aviators and their (to present-day eyes) sadly low-tech equipment. All help to reinforce the swashbuckling aura of venturing "over the edge" of the arctic ice pack by any mode. This book could be combined with readings from works written during this period of exploration, such as Ellsberg's Hell on Ice: The Saga of the Jeanette (Dodd, 1938; o.p.) or Grenfell's Adrift on an Ice Pan (Creative Publications, 1992), or such recent material as Owen Beattie's Frozen in Time (Dutton, 1987; o.p.) to spur interest in early polar exploration.
Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Buchbeschreibung Atheneum, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine. 1st Edition. Former library book. Minimal shelfwear. Ex-Library. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 123458306
Buchbeschreibung Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Buchnummer des Verkäufers G0689318049I3N00
Buchbeschreibung Atheneum. Hardcover. Buchzustand: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2769320630
Buchbeschreibung Atheneum, 1998. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. Hard Cover - VG/VG - Book and dust jacket are clean and tight with light wear - Illustrated. - Ex-Library. Ex-Library. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 240070
Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Good. Book Condition: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 97806893180474.0
Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 97806893180473.0
Buchbeschreibung Atheneum, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers DADAX0689318049
Buchbeschreibung Atheneum, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: As New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: As New. 1st Edition. This is a beautiful first edition of this illustrated history of Arctic aviation for young readers. The dust jacket has minimal shelf wear, and the book itself is in perfect condition with no sign that it has ever been read. The dust jacket lists this as having a "Guaranteed Reinforced Binding" of blue boards and white spine with blue lettering. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 006697
Buchbeschreibung Atheneum, NY, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: As New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: As New DJ. 1st Edition- 1ST PRT. NOT X-LIB. Flying with the Arctic heroes. PROFUSELY ILLUS. True stories of the intrepid, resourceful fliers who, despite their primitive equipment in a hostile environment, determined to make it "over the edge". Profusely illus with photos & prints. Juvenile volume for all ages, Stories of Walter Wellman, Byrd, Bennett, Amundsen, Ellsworth, Nobile and many others. 117pp. Size: 7 x 10. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 005596
Buchbeschreibung Atheneum, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P020689318049