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Keen, Teddy: The Lost Book of Adventure

Magazine article School Librarian

Keen, Teddy: The Lost Book of Adventure

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Keen, Teddy

The Lost Book of Adventure

Frances Lincoln, 2019, pp192, [pounds sterling]20 978 1 78603 296 6

The story is told that this compendium book is an edited version of some notes and diagrams that an explorer left in a tin in the Amazon, and that it was designed for two young relatives. The explorer must have been widely travelled as the scenes depicted are from the high arctic to tropical forest and Saharan desert. The form of the book is pages packed with blue pencil diagrams of how to survive in all these wild places, sometimes 5-10 diagrams per page, and they are all annotated with diagrams, arrows and how to scenes, of for instance how to erect shelters, tents, make bridges or rafts, how to make up an explorers' kit, what to pack, dangers that lurk in the undergrowth and so on. There are diagrams to explain what a rip tide is, and how to survive if caught in one, how to get out of a lake if you fall through the ice and how to extract oneself from quicksands, and how to survive when lost. …

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