Survivors is a collection of 23 real-life stories from around the world, written by David Long and illustrated by Kerry Hyndman, and has just been unveiled as the winner of the 2017 Blue Peter Book Award for ‘Best Book with Facts’.
The inspiring stories are accompanied by illustrations depicting dramatic scenes in which the protagonists have to fight for their lives against the natural elements. Some of the stories are famous, like pioneering explorer Ernest Shackleton’s death-defying South Pole expedition and a hunter’s close shave with a grizzly bear, which inspired the film, The Revenant.
Other stories are less well known, but equally inspiring, such as the tale of a teenage girl who survived a plane crash and trekked through the Amazon jungle to safety.
Kerry has created dramatic, textured illustrations focusing on the scale and intensity of the landscapes to bring the scenes to life. She used Illustrator, Photoshop and hand-drawn textures to create the 46 illustrations throughout the book.
The aim of the collection is to inspire children and help them understand how far self-belief and bravery took these adventurers, and how far it could take them too.