Everest is a compendium of fascinating facts about the Earth’s highest mountain. For instance, do you know where the name Everest comes from? I admit that I had never stopped to think about it before reading this book. The name given to the mountain by the Tibetan people is Chomolungma ‘Goddess of the World’ and in Nepal they call her Sagarmatha, ‘Goddess of the Sky’. The name ‘Everest’ is more prosaic, being the name of the Welsh surveyor after whom the mountain was renamed in 1865.
The book takes a multi-disciplinary approach, combining literature, geography, history and science. History is updated to correct the marginalisation of the local people. The conquest of Everest is rightly attributed to both Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hilary (in that order).
Everest was awarded A Children’s Book Council 2019 Outstanding Science Trade Book Award. I was very pleased to see a further reading list to encourage young readers to research, though it is a shame that the suggested reading appears to have been formulated for the US edition.
Overall, an informative, engaging and accessible read for children in the junior years.