Survivors

Survivors

Extraordinary Tales From the Wild and Beyond

Book - 2016
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Baker & Taylor
Illustrated, real-life stories of extreme survival include the accounts of a man who survived for 133 days on a raft in the ocean by drinking shark's blood and a teen who survived a two-mile fall from an airplane and trekked through the Amazon jungle to safety.

Perseus Publishing
Beautifully presented in a large, hardback format, and fully illustrated in color throughout, this wonderful anthology is a treat for all the family. Be shocked and amazed by these incredible real-life stories of extreme survival, including...

The Man Who Sucked Blood from a Shark, a sailor who survived for 133 days on a raft in the Atlantic when his ship was torpedoed, using shark's blood in place of fresh water.
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, a teenager who fell 2 miles from an airplane and trekked through the Amazon jungle to safety.
The Woman Who Froze to Death – Yet Lived, a woman who was trapped under freezing water for so long her heart stopped. Four hours later, medics managed to warm her blood enough to revive her.

Combining classic tales such as Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic voyage, as well as more modern exploits such as the adventurer who inspired the movie 127 Hours, these astonishing stories will be retold by young readers to all of their friends.
"The attractive design features a full-page or double-page-spread color illustration depicting a pivotal moment in each well-told story. ... A great collection of harrowing, true survivor stories."
<-- Kirkus Reviews
"The handsome, oversize volume is enhanced by Hyndman’s single- and double-page illustrations. While appealing to allreaders, this will have special interest for reluctant ones."
-- Booklist
"While offering excitement and peril, Long’s riveting narratives also provide insight into how these individuals used their skills, knowledge, and fortitude to survive."
--Publishers Weekly

Beautifully presented in a large, hardback format, and fully illustrated in color throughout, this wonderful anthology is a treat for all the family. Be shocked and amazed by these incredible real-life stories of extreme survival, including...

The Man Who Sucked Blood from a Shark, a sailor who survived for 133 days on a raft in the Atlantic when his ship was torpedoed, using shark's blood in place of fresh water.
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, a teenager who fell 2 miles from an airplane and trekked through the Amazon jungle to safety.
The Woman Who Froze to Death — Yet Lived, a woman who was trapped under freezing water for so long her heart stopped. Four hours later, medics managed to warm her blood enough to revive her.

Combining classic tales such as Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic voyage, as well as more modern exploits such as the adventurer who inspired the movie 127 Hours, these astonishing stories will be retold by young readers to all of their friends.
Amazing real-life stories about extreme survival, beautifully illustrated

Gardners
Tells the story of a sailor who survived for 133 days on a raft in the Atlantic when his ship was torpedoed, using shark's blood in place of fresh water; a teenager who fell 2 miles from an aeroplane and trekked through the Amazon jungle to safety and a woman who was trapped under freezing water for so long her heart stopped.

Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, c2016
ISBN: 9780571316014
Branch Call Number: J 613.89 LON
Characteristics: 184 p. :,col.ill. ;,31 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hyndman, Kerry - Illustrator

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Sep 21, 2017

I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.

David Long has collected 23 amazing stories of human survival in overwhelmingly desperate, hopeless conditions. Whether trapped in a sunken submarine, blasted by Mount St. Helens, trapped or lost in the desert, stuck in quicksand or dangling precariously from a mountainside, these courageous men and women demonstrate incredible perseverance and will to live. Each thrilling tale is just 6-10 pages long, so reading can be broken down into many small easily digestible portions.

Since its target audience is children, I intended initially to share this inspiring book with my 7-year-old. However, after we read the first two stories together I started to feel doubtful that some of these potentially frightening situations were appropriate for bedtime. The narratives are not unnecessarily graphic, but neither are uncomfortable details glossed over. Parents should be aware of and prepared to discuss topics such as witnessing friends/family dying, killing/eating dogs for survival, attempted suicide, plane crashes, hypothermia and starvation. I opted to complete the rest of the book on my own and, while I found these personal stories uplifting, I plan to wait another year or two to share with my daughter.

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