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Jenkins, Steve.
THE TOP OF THE WORLD : CLIMBING MOUNT EVEREST
Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999
IL 3-6  RL 7.0
ISBN 0395942187

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Find some pictures and true life accounts of climbers on Mount Everest or another mountain that has faced difficulties (there was an interesting issue of  LIFE that dealt with this).  First, start out with a globe and point out where Mount Everest is.  If it is the bumpy kind, you could get them to touch that mountain range.  Ask participants what it takes to be a mountain climber.  After responses, add any additional information they might have left out. Then ask what kind of gear climbers would need and why. Introduce the book and tell them about the interesting facts about Mount Everest and certain climbers there are in the book. ("Naomi Bates" <mira93@yahoo.com>)

Booktalk #2

Pack your gearůdon't forget your warmest mittens, ice axe, glacier glasses, and extra oxygen, and come along on a climb up the tallest mountain in the world. The dangerous trek up the slope of Mt. Everest takes approximately three weeks. Many unfortunate climbers never reach the topůsome even die trying. But readers of this book, brought to life by the author's wonderful cut paper illustrations, will soar above the clouds without fear of injury or frostbite! It's a breathtaking experience you won't want to miss!  (Jeannie Bellavance bellavance@erols.com for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)

SUBJECTS:     Everest, Mount (China and Nepal)
                        Mountaineering.

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