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Follow the Dream: The Story of Christopher…

Follow the Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus

by Peter Sís

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There are a few reasons why I like this book. The first reasons I liked it is because this nonfiction book was organized and accurate. It has truth in that it speaks about how Columbus was denied ships the first few times he went to ask the king and queen for them. The book even mentions the specific things that motivated Columbus to sail. The second reason I like the book is the illustrations. When the ships are mentioned there are images of what is stored inside of the ship. When the book talks about how Columbus kept a log while at sea, there are images of a log with pictures for each entry. The images throughout the book look interesting and different than pictures in many other children's books. The big idea of this book is to teach about the life of Christopher Columbus and what he accomplished in his lifetime. ( )
  vboch1 | Feb 19, 2015 |
I Think this is an excellent book to introduce students to Christopher Columbus. It's clear and to the point. It's filled with just enough information. ( )
  rrobinson2 | Nov 27, 2013 |
A true story of the courage Christopher Columbus had as he fought for his voyage across the Atlantic ocean. Nice to see a copy of what the written logs looked like. I would have never guessed they looked like that. Sad he never got credit for what he really found. ( )
  ronicadibartolo | Oct 22, 2013 |
This is an extremely simplistic biography of Columbus up to and suddenly concluding with his arrival in what he believed to be the Orient and the mention that he didn't know where he was. It does nothing to mention the subsequent back and forth journies he made between this new land and his patronage Spain. It doesn't mention what he did in this new land. It focuses instead on his perseverance with trying to charter a commission of ships from the king and queen of Spain. It's a well written primary text though it leaves so much out that you'd have to read a second or third biography on the same guy to get a true gist of who he was and what he was all about. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
Although not very detailed (or nuanced), this was a good introduction to the voyages of Columbus. The story was brief and well written, and the illustrations were delightful. My 3.5yo especially liked that the ships were "so tiny he could hardly see them" on the pages representing how large the ocean was compared to the size of Columbus's three ships. I hadn't known until I read this book that Columbus was meant to be a weaver. Nice story about the value of perseverance (even if it does involve lying to your crew about how many miles you've traveled and then claiming for Spain land that was already inhabited).

I also like the introduction in which Peter Sis tells about the appeal the Columbus story held for him as a man who grew up "behind the Iron Curtain." It's a perspective I'd not considered before. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | May 4, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679806288, Hardcover)

Illus. in full color. The 15th century comes alive in this splendidly original picture book about Christopher Columbus. "The illustrations, executed in a variety of media, show scenes from the explorer's life as well as some imaginary creatures that populated the Europeans' picture of the outside world at that time. The details on each page invite individual readers to pay close attention, but the brief, clear text and framed illustrations lend themselves equally well to group sharing. Make room on your crowded Columbus shelf for this one."--(starred) School Library Journal.  

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Christopher Columbus overcomes a number of obstacles to fulfill his dream of sailing west to find a new route to the Orient.

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