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History! Biography! Geography! Oh, my! Get ready for high adventure in this podcast episode of Read Out Loud as Bo Zaunders reads one story from CROCODILES, CAMELS AND DUGOUT CANOES, a collection of true stories detailing the exploits of eight daring people who refused to say no to their dreams.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Bo Zaunders, Author; Roxie Munro, Illustrator
Exciting segments from the adventures of eight travelers who followed their dreams, regardless of setbacks and sometimes insurmountable obstacles. A pre-Darwinian naturalist who trampled barefoot through the snake-infested jungles of South America; a nineteenth-century Swedish engineer who set out for the North Pole in a gas-filled balloon; and a Victorian woman who, after a sheltered life in a London suburb, pursued a fish and fetish mission in West Africa. These are just a few of the intrepid travelers whose exploits are dramatically evoked in this fascinating book. Bo Zaunders and Roxie Munro have brought together people of rare individual initiative and sketched their stories from diaries, letters, and books. As success is not necessarily a gauge of valor, their quests do not always turn out as they hoped. What really matters is how they dealt with unexpected, often desperate situations. Their stories make for compelling, even spellbinding reading. Roxie Munro’s vigorous art, full of personality, is the perfect accompaniment to the blend of courage and eccentricity represented here. An effortless combination of geography, history, and biography, this book again proves what lovers of nonfiction already know: that true-life stories can be as rich, as elucidating, and as gripping to read as any fiction.
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