It has many of the plates (pictures) missing so I think it must have been a work in progress that they decided to publish in 1969 as a finished book. However, the information is interesting, the pictures are in black and white.
I actually got this book for my daughter. I read it when it came out and loved it and so does my daughter.
This is the latest in a wonderful series of books that will keep you enraptured by it's ability to transport you to a time and place where the adventure is so real you will find yourself unable to put the book down.
Of course, being that it is well over 500 pages, you will have to choose the spot where you can close the book and still be able to get to sleep.
The characters become a part of your life and I suggest that you find someone who has also read it to help you through the trauma and bliss of this most enjoyable epic.
I won't give away the ending. But suffice it to say, there will be another book, but the wait is agonizing.
This is supposed to be a book for young people, which I am far from. However, it is so well written that I enjoyed it thoroughly. It is an unusual story about children and the process by which they survive many very difficult situations. I highly recommend this for those who are not faint of heart.