I'm always looking for picture books that I can use to help my students develop a sense of endurance and stamina. I love sharing text that emphasizes importance historical events and people. Deborah Hopkinson's Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole is a book I've added to my collection.
This is the account of Matthew Henson, who accompanied Admiral Peary in 1909. Henson was an African-American who accepted Peary's invitation to accompany him on his expedition. Deborah Hopkinson has an incredible knack of capturing historically significant stories in the most endearing ways. It's a wonderful tribute to an amazing man; one who holds an important, and often unrecognized, place in history. I especially love the excerpts from Henson's diaries. Stephen Alcorn's illustrations softly accompany the text, although the story is anything but soft. Hopkinson's writing brings tremendous importance to this text (including a wonderful epilogue and an interesting timeline).
When I see Deborah Hopkinson's name, I know I won't be disappointed. This was no exception.