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by Marc Aronson, John W. Glenn

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Title:The World Made New: Why the Age of Exploration Happened and How It Changed the World (Timelines of American History)
Authors:Marc Aronson
Other authors:John W. Glenn
Info:National Geographic Children's Books (2007), Hardcover, 64 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:nonfiction, social studies, exploration, Columbus, gr. 3 - 6

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The World Made New: Why the Age of Exploration Happened and How It Changed the World by Marc Aronson

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Information is presented about the Age of Exploration in chronological order. The book explains the causes, what happened, and the consequences. There are large photographs and illustrations presented throughout the book. The information is easy to read and the author has condensed the information into a few pages for each topic. It could be used for many different units- study of Columbus, Age of Exploration, conquistadors, history of colonization in the Americas, etc. It could be adapted for any grade although the target grades are probably 3rd - 8th. ( )
  SuPendleton | Feb 2, 2014 |
Aronson reviews the purpose behind world exploration before Columbus set sail: mainly to gain riches and knowledge. He explained that sailors were looking for shorter routes to Asia, and discussed what the Americas looked like before Columbus. He then goes on to discuss the explorations of Columbus, as well as those who followed him and what brought them to the areas they explored (i.e. Cartier on the St. Lawrence, how different foods were introduced to different areas).
Students often are removed from anything outside of their immediate surroundings. This book would lend itself well to an exploration of civilizations and how the world as we know it came to be. Students could read parts or all of the book to gain a better understanding of how people changed with world, and the various timelines and captioned pictures help summarize what the book is reporting. This book would also be a great resource for non-fiction text feature studies. ( )
  beckytillett | Apr 22, 2013 |
This book describes how the world we know today began in 1492 and how it has been constantly changing since then. It is a timeline of the Age of Exploration. I really like how sophisticated the text is and how it strays away from common terms such as "discoverers" and "natives". The book is creatively illustrated with maps, paintings, and prints and is one that people will enjoy for pleasure as well as research. ( )
  akrause | Nov 26, 2012 |
I was super impressed with this book. As a historian, I found it to be very satisfying to read an informational book for children that gave proper information, all while keeping the information simple and understandable. When it comes to history, it is really easy to lose listeners when one starts to sound "too academic." the basic gist of this book is identifying and examining the effects of the age of exploration, and in turn, how those events changed the course of world history. The book didn't even focus entirely on Eurocentric perspectives! (although that was the majority of the book...) Honestly though, that is not a terribly big problem for a young reader just breaking into historical study so I chose to ignore it. This book covered war, migration, religion, and disease. It really painted a good picture of what the columbian exchange was, and what it meant to the world. I would highly recommend this book to young reader. ( )
  Meerkat4 | Apr 24, 2012 |
This book provides an interesting demonstration of organization. Divided into three major sections, Causes, What Happened, and Consequences, subtopics and details are easily located. Marc Aronson and John Glenn make a point to provided information from a global perspective as opposed to a European-centered discussion. Although the text is a bit dry, the illustrations, specifically the timelines, break up the text nicely. This text would be an excellent resource in middle and high school Social Studies classrooms, but would also make an excellent example in classrooms studying ways to organize text. ( )
  kmcinern | Sep 27, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0792264541, Hardcover)

National Geographic has always given readers the bigger picture of our world. Now The World Made New shows children the bigger context of American history. Written by award-winning children's author Marc Aronson and John W. Glenn, this innovative title will lead children through the causes and consequences of the defining age of exploration. Its unique approach will provide children with new ways of thinking about and learning from history, and instill a lasting sense of our country's past.

The World Made New provides a detailed account of the charting of the New World and the long-term effects of America's march into history. The text uses primary sources to bring history to life and features evocative profiles of the major explorers of the age. The book is beautifully illustrated with full-color artwork, multiple-time lines, and six custom National Geographic maps. The text and layout combine to provide an enlightening overview of New World exploration, and outline the historical context for the discoveries that literally changed the world.

The narrative carries young readers through this age of glorious, and sometimes inglorious, adventure. Follow the timeline of history unfolding; how the early colonies were established; how dissemination of products like the potato, tomato, tobacco, and corn made the Americas a major part of the new world economy; and how the Caribbean became a major trading hub.

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Describes how the discoveries made by the Europeans around the time of Columbus changed the world.

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