Ten Ships that Rocked the World by Gillian Richardson

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I really loved reading the juvenile nonfiction book Ten Rivers that Shaped the World when I reviewed it earlier this year. It seemed to be a history of the world as captured through the rivers of the world! So I was excited to see Ten Ships that Rocked the World by Gillian Richardson, illustrated by Kim Rosen (Annick Press, August 2015) added to the “Ten” series as well.

I did not love this one quite as much but I still really enjoyed it. Ten Ships has a different feel to it, partly because, as the title indicated, it focuses on a different “ten” from the history of the world, it is written by a different author, and it is about things that influenced the world, not necessarily shaped it. The ships that were highlighted were almost all foreign to me, so by reading the book I felt I was learning much that I had been unfamiliar with: ships and eras, and countries that made a difference even though I did not know about them. 

From Medieval Chinese treasure ships to the Greenpeace ship and the Somali Star, which pirates captured in 2008, Ten Ships certainly keeps the reader interested in a variety of areas and subjects possibly unfamiliar to them. I was familiar with the pirated ship and the basic history of Greenpeace, but I loved hearing from the author just how these ships were so influential in changing history and tradition.

As with the other volume I reviewed, this book has both illustrations (including cartoony people and others that add graphic interest to the page) and photographs or artifacts. The sidebars, captions, and so forth give plenty of additional facts to supplement the main text, and it is a fun book to read.

I look forward to reading more from the series.

What “top ten” would you be interested in reading?

Note: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.

Reviewed on September 8, 2015

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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