The Impossible Voyage of Kon-Tiki

By RAY, Deborah Kogan

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9781580896207
Publisher
Charlesbridge


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on December 1, 2015  |  Elementary

Gr 2–5—Using concrete language and evocative watercolors, Ray tells the story of anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 voyage to prove his hypothesis that the ancient people of Peru traveled by raft to settle in Polynesia. Heyerdahl and his five-man crew sailed on the Kon-Tiki, a raft made of hemp and balsa wood that was named for an ancient Incan god. Their equipment consisted of a sextant, shortwave radios, and cameras t...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on October 1, 2015

When he was still in college, the Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl lived for a year on the Polynesian island of Fatu Hiva and became fascinated with a question: where did the Polynesian islanders come from? Stone carvings on the island resembled statues found in South America, indicating, perhaps, "a connection between the Polynesian Tiki and the Incan god Kon-Tiki Viracocha." Though skeptics scoffed at Heyerdahl's idea (most scholars believed that Polynesia was originally settled fr...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2015

In dramatic double-page watercolor spreads, Ray follows Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl and his five-man crew on their 101-day, 4,300...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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