Book Review of
First to the Top: Sir Edmund Hillary’s Amazing Everest Adventure
by David Hill and Phoebe Morris
Then Ed looked up. There was more sky above them than before. The ridge ended in a round dome a few meters away. They took deep breaths, cut the last steps, and…’
Opening Lines: When Edmund Hillary was a boy in New Zealand, he built rafts to explore the Waikato River.
Page Counts: 40 pages
Publication Date: July 31st, 2015
We all have heard of Edmund Hillary at some point in life but young kids may not know and this exceptionally beautiful book written by David Hill and illustrated by Phoebe Morris is an excellent way to get your children read about the legends who through their sheer courage and determination cross the limits and dares to touch the sky!
David Hill’s “First to the Top” is a beautifully illustrated life story of Great Sir Edmund Hillary from the shy little boy of the town of Tuakau, to his world famous mountaineering feat on 29th May 1953. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first two people to defy the limits of mortality to stand on the top the world’s highest mountain of Mt Everest. (8848 m)
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What did I like about the Book?
The first thing that captured my heart was the sheer delight on my 7 yrs. old nephew’s face after looking at Phoebe’s illustrations. She has perfectly captured the emotions of Hillary on each page and the Himalayas never looked so beautiful.
And David’s retelling of Edmund Hillary’s life is enchanting. It hooked me and my nephew with delightful gasps of amazement at the near-death experience of Edmund and Tenzing Norgay saving him and gasp of delight came when they reached the top of the summit. The Author made sure to make the story easy for a kid to understand yet it be gripping.
The book isn’t cluttered. In fact, it is hardly 50 pages long, but it has a dearth of facts and information amalgamated with beautiful illustrations by Phoebe, which makes it an excellent read for kids.
What I didn’t like about books?
There was nothing that I did not like.
Do I recommend this book?
It’s a perfect read for 4-8 yrs. old kids, in fact, I’d rather say that it’s quite an interesting read even for an adult like me. This book has captured my heart in so fewer pages. So yes this a must read for every kid.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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And that was our review of First to the Top: Sir Edmund Hillary’s Amazing Everest Adventure by David Hill and Phoebe Morris. Hope you liked it! Though if you didn’t, then do let us know in the comments, how can we make things better here? We would love to work on our flaws. 🙂
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