“This delightful, hot of the press, children’s book . . . will be sure to capture your heart.”
—Martin County News
When a storm blows in, Jimmy dreads spending the afternoon indoors, but his grandfather knows exactly how to pass the time. He ventures into the cupboard and pulls out a dusty, old book—the journal of Jimmy’s seafaring great-great-grandfather, James Earl Silas Tuckingham, who once traveled the world with a botanist.
As the storm rages outside, Grandfather and Jimmy journey into the past and relive James’ adventures as he roamed the untamed oceans. On his travels, James discovers new species of plants, explores the Amazon, and defeats vicious pirates. At first, Jimmy is bored with the book, but as his ancestor James sails to exotic New Guinea and Guam, he and Grandfather share the thrill of James’ voyages..
Set in the 1800s and filled with Janeen Mason’s vivid illustrations, The World’s Greatest Explorer encourages young readers to learn more about their family’s history, botany, and world geography, especially the many places James visits on his journey.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jan Day lives in Okeechobee, Florida, surrounded by the ranches and prairies where she set her third book, Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter. Day is the author of The Pirate, Pink; Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef; and Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane, also published by Pelican. Having published poetry and short fiction, Day offers writing workshops for schoolchildren and participates in a variety of publishing panels. Her first children’s book, The Pirate, Pink, was selected for the Children’s Book Council’s Children’s Choices 2002 program.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Janeen Mason has worked with Jan Day on several Pelican titles, including The Pirate, Pink; Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef; Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter; and Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane. An award-winning artist, Mason is a popular speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, and she exhibits her art nationwide. She is also the author and illustrator of Ocean Commotion: Sea Turtles, which has been called a “visually stunning sea turtle odyssey” by the president of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association. Mason lives in Stuart, Florida.
THE WORLD’S GREATEST EXPLORER
By Jan Day
Illustrated by Janeen Mason
JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
32 pp. 8½ x 11
31 color illus. 1 color map