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Groundwood Books Fall 2021

Two at the Top
A Shared Dream of Everest
By (author): Uma Krishnaswami Illustrated by: Christopher Corr
Uma Krishnaswami ,

Illustrated by :

Christopher Corr


Groundwood Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Printed dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) P - 1, Grade (US) P - 1
Oct 01, 2021
$19.99 CAD


11in x 8.75 in | 0.49 kg

Page Count:

32 pages


Full color throughout
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Biographical / General
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2022, Commended
  • Short Description
Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary each tell their story, culminating in their thrilling ascent of Mount Everest.

Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary each tell their story, culminating in their thrilling ascent of Mount Everest.

Tenzing Norgay grew up in Nepal, herding yaks in the shadow of Chomolungma, the mountain also known as Everest. He has always dreamed of climbing to the top. He becomes a guide, leading treks through the Himalayas, and finally attempts the highest mountain himself, but doesn’t make it.

Across the ocean, in New Zealand, Edmund Hillary grew up tending his father’s bees. He climbed his first mountain at sixteen and has climbed all over the world ever since. He tries Everest, with no success.

In 1953, the two men set out on the same expedition to climb Everest. Their party numbers four hundred, counting all the guides and porters. But the climb is grueling, and eventually Norgay and Hillary are the only two determined to continue. They tramp over windswept glaciers, crawl across rope bridges, hack footholds in the ice … until finally they reach the top of the world!

This remarkable true adventure story, told in a dual narrative, includes illustrated backmatter rich in geography, history and science.

Key Text Features

author’s note



further reading

historical context


Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

  • Uma Krishnaswami has won many awards including the APALA Children’s Literature Award and has twice been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

  • This book stands out from others about the first ascent of Everest by telling the story from the alternating points of view of both Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary.

  • The backmatter includes sources and further information about Everest and the Himalayas.

UMA KRISHNASWAMI was born in India and now lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Her other publications include Two at the Top, illustrated by Christopher Corr; Book Uncle and Me, winner of the ILA Social Justice Literature Award, illustrated by Julianna Swaney; and The Girl of the Wish Garden, illustrated by Nasrin Khosravi. She has been nominated twice for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Uma teaches Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

CHRISTOPHER CORR received an MA in illustration from the Royal College of Art in London, England, where he continues to live, teach, paint and work in animation and book illustration. He has illustrated books for publishers all over the world, including The Goggle-Eyed Goats by Stephen Davies. Christopher's travels in the Himalayas have inspired his art for this book. He is currently working on a series of large paintings for The Campaign for Wool, and he also holds gallery exhibitions of his work.

[A] lyrical, clear, and narratively sophisticated picture book. STARRED REVIEW

- Kirkus Reviews

A great choice for biography sections needing fresh perspectives on historical figures. STARRED REVIEW

The book may inspire young readers to aim for their own incredible dreams.

- Winnipeg Free Press

An inspiring book for young adventurers.

- Calgary Herald

Colourful and engaging.

- Cloud Lake Literary

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