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The Mutiny on the Bounty

by Patrick O'Brien

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The Mutiny on the Bounty, by Patrick O’Brien, is the story of Captain Bligh, Fletcher Christian and the other officers and sailors’ voyage on the Bounty. This book is beautifully illustrated with watercolors and the layout is similar to that of a graphic novel. Provided by the author are maps, a drawing and labeling of the Bounty, visual descriptions of the food eaten by the voyagers, etc. to enhance the factual details of the trip, as well as a list of resources at the end of the book. This book would be a great extension of the elementary social studies curriculum. The action-packed content, including the fighting amongst the men, the burning of the ship, the suspense of what would happen to Captain Bligh and his men, as well as Christian and the others who overthrew the captain will engage readers and excite them about the possibilities of other adventures in history. ( )
  kdangleis | Aug 14, 2010 |
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Life sailing with the Royal Navy in the 1780's was particularly miserable: sailors slept in crowded hammocks, ate moldy cheese and maggoty bread, and were subject to very harsh discipline.  So when the HMS Bounty arrived in Tahiti after 11 months at sea, the crew of the Bounty thought it was heaven on earth. Living on the island paradise made them lazy and careless.
 
As the return journey began, Captain Bligh's crew proved reluctant to leave. His temper began to flare, and his second-in-command and old friend Fletcher Christian suffered the worst of Bligh's outbursts. His honor at stake and a longing to return to the island, Christian led a mutiny, then set Bligh and 18 loyal crew members adrift in a launch. 
 
A daring escape by Christian and the mutineers, paired with Bligh's amazing story of survival all make up one of history's most rousing true maritime tales, and Patrick O'Brien's 85 illustrations reach epic proportions of drama and realism.

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An account of the tragic voyage of the British ship to the island of Tahiti.

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