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Tenzing Norgay: The Boy Whose Dream Was Everest
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Tiger of the Snows
Tenzing Norgay: The Boy Whose Dream Was Everest

By Robert Burleigh
Illustrated by Ed Young
2006, 29 pages, Hardback.
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Growing up at the foot of Mount Everest, a Sherpa boy named Tenzing Norgay dreamed about one day being the first to climb the giant in his backyard. For years he practiced, carrying loads of rocks in his backpack to grow stronger, prowling the mountain's lower levels; later, carrying loads of equipment for other adventurers, but always, always, wanting to climb himself.

But his dream never seemed possible until he met Edmund Hillary, a New Zealand beekeeper who shared Tenzing's dream. By working together every step of the way, two men from entirely different backgrounds climbed into the clouds, to the peak of Mount Everest. However, as the years passed, only Hilary's name lived on in the history books while, in the west, Norgay's was mostly forgotten.

In Tiger of the Snows, Robert Burleigh introduces young readers to one of the Far East's greatest heroes and tells the long-neglected story of a litle boy with an unimaginable dream, who refused to be daunted by the world's most daunting mountain, and who came to be known as the tiger of the snows. Caldecott winner Ed Young brings Everest to life with hauntingly, subtly beautiful animal imageries and resplendent colors, capturing the breathtaking grandeur and life force of the mountain the Nepalese call Mother Goddess of the Earth.

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Comments from Back Cover

"My father, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, was never one who sought recognition, but over the years, he received awards from communities and leaders from around the world. He was the first Asian to rise from humble beginnings to become an instant icon in Asia. He gave hope to millions and left a valuable example that with determination, courage, and the right motivation, there are no limits to the enduring spirit of adventure.

"It is a proud moment for people across the Himalayas that this book has come to recognize a true hero whose achievement has been the inspiration for many who flock to our mountains each year to seek out their own 'Everest.'

"I hope this book will be a great source of positive inspiration for children from around the world.

"Thuche Chey." ("Thank You.")
-Jamling Tenzing Norgay

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Background on the Author and Illustrator

Robert Burleigh's other books include By My Brother's Side, for which he was a contributing author; Into the Woods; The Secret of the Great Houdini; Black. Whiteness; and Messenger, Messenger. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Ed Young received the Caldecott Medal for Lon Po Po, as well as Caldecott Honors for Seven Blind Mice and The Emperor and the Kite by Jane Yolen. His other books include The Sons of the Dragon King, which he wrote and illustrated; The Hunter by Mary Casanova; and Jack London's White Fang. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Westchester, New York.

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