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Christopher Columbus: Sailing to a New World

by Adrianna Morganelli

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I liked this book, “Christopher Columbus: Sailing to a New World” for several reasons. First, this book is an introduction for children exploring Christopher Columbus’s place in history and the journey he embarked on to discover new lands. The book is divided into sections highlighting the major events and people he encountered on the journey. One of the sections is called “Columbus in America.” “Columbus learned from the natives of an island that they called Colba, known today as Cuba. When Columbus arrived in Cuba, he thought he was on a peninsula of the Asian mainland because of its large size.” Each section describes his travel journey, step-by-step, from the beginning to the end. The illustrations used in the book are detailed and accurate. There are also pictures of some of the real paintings from the trip. Some of the paintings shown are of the ships they traveled on, recipes of the food eaten, dates of voyages, and Clark’s information about various rulers from different regions they encountered. Another reason I like the book is there are words in bold print throughout the book, which are listed in the back of the book, along with their meaning, under a page titled “Glossary”. Also, underneath the glossary is the “Index”. The index is where referenced words are listed, with the page number where that word appears in the book. Overall, this story teaches children about the true history of the Christopher Columbus expedition from the 1400s to 1500s. ( )
  kflach1 | Nov 21, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 077872445X, Paperback)

This title covers from 1451 to 1506, the time of Christopher Columbus' sea voyages, his encounters with native life, and failed colonies. Some of the right-hand pages in this paperback feature purple vertical strips which record historical event timelines that would be helpful for student research and reports. This text provides many facts although sometimes they are arranged in a disconnected manner. Much of the text is printed on pale background art (maps & illustrations) which makes reading the text distracting. Fact boxes and other sidebars often clutter the pages, but, nevertheless, give valuable information. One helpful map illustrates all four of Columbus' voyages together. You even get a recipe for ship biscuits called hardtack. The book also includes a limited glossary. This book has a wealth of information for middle school/junior high students and teachers as a reference on Christopher Columbus for reports, presentations, or just historical facts. This title is part of the "Footsteps of Explorers" series. 2003, Crabtree Publishers, and Ages 11 up.

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On an expedition to discover a new trade route to the Far East for Spain, Christopher Columbus landed in America. This book discusses Columbus's famous journey and the results of his interaction with the indigenous people.

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