Book Review: First to the Top by David Hill

First to the Top
Author: David Hill
Genre: Children’s book
Publishers: Puffin Publishers

Area A: Text
It is said that the best view comes after the hardest climb and Sir Edmund Hillary proved this right. Being the first man who conquered Mt. Everest, he sets an example for all of us. ‘First to the Top’ is a pictorial depiction of his story (very brief)- of how he was always determined to do the best, how he managed to turn the odds in his favour and how he pursued his dream of reaching the roof of the world.

Written using simple language, the author has added numerous words and phrases that will intrigue the little kids. Simple sentences and spaced out text will encourage the children to comprehend the story well.

Area B: Illustrations
The illustrations form the key feature of the book. Kudos to the artist who has presented such immaculate and colourful pictures. The story comes to life because of these pictures. The triumph in successful moments, the exhaustion during the climb, the fear of death and the will to reach the apex- every emotion has been depicted so beautifully. Kudos to Phoebe Morris!

The illustrations form the key feature of the book. Kudos to the artist who has presented such immaculate and colourful pictures. The story comes to life because of these pictures. Kudos to Phoebe Morris!
This story is a real-life account of the adventures Sir Edmund and the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had together. It highlights the importance of trust, friendship and determination in life. The book is suitable for small kids who know basic sentences. The narrative has the potential to urge the children to ask more questions about Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. The things I didn’t like was the scarcity of information about how Sir Edmund developed an interest in climbing the mountains. Straight forward sentences fail to form a deeper connection. Also, the book has been priced too high.

Overall, a very nice book that will be liked by the children.

Best wishes to the author!

Buying Link: Amazon

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