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Sam Bendall and Pamela Bendall

Victoria, Orca Book Publishers, 1990. 119pp, paper, $9.95
ISBN 0-920501-49-4. CIP

Grades 5 and up/Ages 10 and up
Reviewed by Barbara Chester.

Volume 19 Number 2
1991 March

Nine-year-old Sam, five-year-old Charlie and Mom and Dad give up their home and possessions in Whitehorse, Yukon, to embark on a sailing voyage around the Pacific Ocean. Their first stop is the Hawaiian Islands, and from there they visit other small islands before reaching New Zealand, their final destination. Sam continues his educa­tion by correspondence. Interspersed throughout the book are many letters Sam wrote to his friend Thirston in Victoria as well as diagrams, tables, maps and school projects, all completed by Sam.

This is a true story and contains many interesting details about special adaptations for eating and sleeping, how to break the monotony of being at sea for long periods, foodstuffs required for such a trip, how to tie knots, and how to navigate by the stars. The landlubber has no difficulty following, since any technical information is explained at a child's level of under­standing.

Most admirable is the way in which the family pulls together in times of danger. Of great interest are the anecdotes of the family's experiences in meeting the different cultures of the various islands.

This book would be recommended reading for adults who are considering taking an extensive sailing trip with young children or for children who have an avid interest in sailing.

Barbara Chester, Victoria Terrace School, Fergus, Ont.
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