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First man : reimagining Matthew Henson / Simon Schwartz ; translated by Laura Watkinson.


In this graphic novel, Simon Schwartz weaves biography and fiction together to explore the life of Arctic adventurer Matthew Henson. Moving between different time periods and incorporating Inuit mythology, Schwartz offers fresh perspective on the many challenges Henson confronted during his life. As a member of early missions to reach the North Pole, Henson braved subzero temperatures and shifting sea ice. As an African American at the turn of the twentieth century, he also faced harassment and prejudice. Henson won a place on Arctic expeditions through skill and determination--though he didn't receive the same credit as his teammates. He also won the respect of the native peoples he met during his journeys--though he couldn't prevent the harm that the expeditions caused them. More than a biography, First Man: Reimagining Matthew Henson is an artistic homage to Henson's accomplishments and the complicated realities of being a trailblazer in a society that didn't recognize black men as equals.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781467758420
  • ISBN: 1467758426
  • ISBN: 9781467781060
  • ISBN: 1467781061
  • Physical Description: 160 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Minneapolis : Graphic Universe, 2015.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 159).
Target Audience Note:
GN520L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.4 1 177741.
Subject: Henson, Matthew Alexander, 1866-1955 > Comic books, strips, etc.
Henson, Matthew Alexander, 1866-1955 > Juvenile literature.
Explorers > Arctic regions > Biography > Comic books, strips, etc.
Explorers > Arctic regions > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Explorers > United States > Biography > Comic books, strips, etc.
Explorers > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
African American explorers > Arctic regions > Biography > Comic books, strips, etc.
African American explorers > Arctic regions > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Graphic novels.
Biographical comics.
Comics (Graphic works)

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Fontana Regional Library.


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