on 8 November 2000
The Journey to the Polar Sea records the expedition by Franklin in the early 19thC to Canada, trying to find the North West passage. Written by Franklin himslef in the form of a diary or log, this book not only is a tale of adventure and expedition, but looks at the people and scenery of wild Canada before it was touched by Europeans. A wonderful read, written by one of the world's bravest - if not so clever - explorers. If the stories of Scott and Admundsen and other polar explorers interest you , then this book should too.
on 30 January 2001
This version fo Franklin's book is very expensive compared to the Koneman version - in fact you coud buy several copies of the smaller paperback for the same price. The illustrations are very mainstream and very poorly captioned. this is a shame, as a well thought out plate section would have been really well received. As it is Conway may as well have not bothered.
The text is as good as any other versiion of Franklin's expedition account, but why spend the extra money for such little extra incentive?
on 22 February 2001
I agree with the first reviewer. Why spend over ten pounds more to get a book that differs only in having a hardbacked cover and a few crassly chosen illustrations?
Frankiln's story is a wonderful tale indeed, and if anything, the images detract from the carefully woven words of the man. A big NO to the publisher of this book - keep it simple and keep it cheap in the future!!!