Everest Diary: The Dream of Frederick T. Bear by Pat Falvey
and Clare O’Leary
by The Collins Press, 2004
T. Bear, Freddy for short, chronicles his amazing adventures daily
in this diary as he attempts to climb Mount Everest with 2003 expedition
Pat Falvey was leading his team on Everest in Spring 2003 more than
200,000 children logged on to the team's website to follow their
story. Accompanying the team was Freddy.
you would like to find out about getting to base camp, living there,
the food, the dangers of climbing through Icefalls, coping with
cold, thin air and working with Sherpas then this daily account
of his adventures in Freddy’s own words makes an ideal read
interesting features make the book particularly appealing to young
readers. Freddy’s passport gives rather unusual information
including a history of his adventures, his dreams and an account
of his training so far. A route map shows the path taken by the
Irish Everest Expedition.
appealing of all is the language in which the book is written. Freddy
speaks personally to his young readers recounting not only his adventures
but his very real emotions as he sets out on his thrilling, but
often daunting journey, for a little bear.
excerpt from the diary entry of the 16th March 2003 is an example;
“As I get further from home, I start to feel homesick and
a little worried – will it be too cold for me up on top of
the mountain, even with my furry coat? Will I have a nice warm bed
to sleep in, just like home? What about my food? What if this is
all a big mistake and this is all too much for a little bear, to
climb to the top of the world?
colour photographs show us Freddy on the aeroplane’s flight
deck, headed for his final destination, Kathmandu in Nepal, yaks
carrying the team’s equipment to Base Camp or Freddy in his
sleeping bag, suffering from altitude sickness. There’s also
one of the final ascent of Everest. This book is an excellent way
of teaching children about world geography and culture.
further updates on Freddy’s travels visit www.patfalvey.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also write to Frederick T. Bear at The Mountain Lodge, Beaufort,
Killarney, Co. Kerry.
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