Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole chronicles the 18 year journey to reach latitude 90° North. After thousands of bitter-cold miles, African-American explorer Matthew Henson, Admiral Robert Peary, and four Inuit men complete the last leg of their grueling journey on April 6th, 1909. They reached the North Pole.
School Library Journal calls this a “strikingly illustrated illustrated picture book” which “tells of the life of a man whose achievements were, until recently, largely overlooked.” Many know the story of Robert Peary’s 1909 expedition, but few realize that Matthew Henson, was more than Peary’s assistant. He was vital to the expedition. Henson was born just after the Civil War when few opportunities were available for black people. This brief biography brings life to a great but under-recognized figure from America’s past, perfect for ages 6-10.
Celebrate their discovery on April 6th by visiting your local library and sharing it with the young reader in your life. Read on for more information.
Peachtree will be releasing a Paperback version in the Fall!