Title: The Most Brilliant Boldly Going Book of Exploration Ever
Author: Peter Chrisp
Illustrator: Lisa Swerling & Ralph Lazar
Publisher: DK Publishing
Concepts: trade, exchange, money, natural resources, human resources, innovation, slavery, profit, technology
Review: A sweeping look at the history of world exploration since the first voyages of the ancient civilizations may seem rather daunting, but this new reference book from DK Publishing makes the task manageable and enjoyable. Peter Chrisp’s interesting array of historical facts and Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar’s mischievous cartoon characters catch the interest of middle grade readers seeking to learn more about what motivated explorers across the centuries to seek out new lands.
Economic themes abound among the factoids and images. For example, exploration contributed to the discovery and increased use of paper money. Moreover, a key incentive to exploration that this book features prominently is the desire to discover new opportunities for trade and to establish new routes for conducting that trade. New lands seemed to have a wealth of commodities and natural resources that were highly valued back home, including gold, silk, spices, new food sources, and furs. As the rewards to exploration increased, innovations in navigation and communication helped to improve the accuracy and efficiency of new voyages.
Young history buffs will appreciate this new book on exploration not only for its detailed coverage across time and space, but also for its careful blend of serious material with light-hearted fun.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children