The Impossible Voyage of Kon-TikiBy Deborah Kogan Ray

As a young girl (this is going to date me) I remember being fascinated by the story of a man that sailed a raft across the Pacific Ocean a few years before I was born. That fascination was kindled anew when I read about a recently published book about that same man and his raft.

I have to say that I wasn’t let down when I read The Impossible Voyage of Kon–Tiki. I also learned a quite a few new thing that I didn’t know or remember.

I was pleasantly reacquainted with Thor Heyerdahl, the Norwegian anthropologist, and his quest to sail a balsa raft from South America to the Polynesian Islands of the Pacific. Everyone thought it impossible.

Deborah Kogan Ray does an excellent job of condensing the story and yet including all the difficulty, excitement, dangers, and conquest of his expedition. The colorful artwork on every page further enlightens the reader as to how miraculous this journey was. The impossible became the possible.

There is also the brief story of what happened after the voyage, a short biography, and further information at the end of the book.

Review by Andrea Van Wagoner, Arcadia Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: 4th – 8th Grades

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The Impossible Voyage of Kon-Tiki
By Deborah Kogan Ray
33 pages
Release Date: October 13, 2015

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  1. Wow! This sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for the review.

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