Ernest Shackleton

Ernest Shackleton

By Author / Illustrator

Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Olivia Holden


Biographies & Autobiographies

Age range(s)



Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd








In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Ernest Shackleton, the fearless Antarctic adventurer.

When Ernest Shackleton was young, he longed for a life of adventure. After a career in the Merchant Navy, he joined a landmark expedition to try to reach the South Pole for the first time in history. Although he had to go home early, he never gave up. His own expeditions set new records for the closest anyone had ever been to the South Pole, and he is remembered now as a courageous and inspirational leader. This exciting book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the intrepid explorer's life.

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardback versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children.

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The 'Little People, Big Dreams' collection is a fantastic, original collection of books that are fascinating and insightful. Ernest Shackleton is no exception, teaching both parent and child about this incredible man in history.

Ernest Shackleton recounts the history of a young Irish boy who longed for adventure and travel. Ernest was fascinated by exploration and began a career in the Merchant Navy. It was here that Ernest grew his passion for further exploration and set his sights on reaching the South Pole, the furthest that any explorer had ever travelled. Ernest set up expeditions, set new records and became the first man to reach the closest to the South Pole. But things go wrong along the way and Ernest must find a way to save his team.

The most inspirational thing about Ernest's story is the way he kept up the spirits of his team and inspired them never to give up. Ernest Shackleton became known as a courageous and inspirational leader.

My son (aged six) was completely absorbed by this story. After reading this book he was desperate to find out more information and together we researched any discovered more facts about this inspirational man. The beauty of this story is that not only does it educate young readers; it inspires them to research and discover more about the important historical people.  The beautiful accompanying illustrations and extra facts really immerse the reader as the story is told. Also in the back of the book is a biographical timeline showing historical photos putting story into a 'real perspective.'

This book would work perfectly in any classroom environment teaching Geography and History as you study exploration, travel, historical figures and so much more. As a parent, we loved learning about Ernest Shackleton and I loved how much my six year old wanted to sit with me and further learn more about this character.

A huge recommend as all book shelves should have an inspirational collection of non-fiction.

32 pages / Ages 6+ / Reviewed by James Hewish, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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