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Animals Christopher Columbus Saw: An Adventure in the New World

by Sandra Markle

Other authors: Jamel Akib (Illustrator)

Series: Animals Explorers Saw

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One of Sandra Markle's four-book Explorers series - the other three are Animals Charles Darwin Saw, Animals Marco Polo Saw and Animals Robert Scott Saw - which is intended to introduce young readers to the interconnected nature of history and biology, this picture-book focuses on the story of Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage to the West Indies, and the animals he encountered along the way. From manatees - which Columbus mistook for "ugly mermaids" - to colorful Cuban parrots, it was a whole new world of species (sorry, I couldn't resist!) to the European explorers. Unfortunately, some of the "old world" traveled with the explorers to the "new" one, from rats (previously unknown in the Caribbean) to disease...

As with the other entries in this series, I particularly appreciated the multidisciplinary approach here, in which two seemingly distinct areas of study - history and science - are shown to be very much interconnected. Although the focus here is on the natural world, I also appreciated the fact that Markle doesn't gloss over unpleasant realities, like the fact that Columbus was already thinking of enslavement, when assessing the natives. In any case, I highly recommend Animals Christopher Columbus Saw, along with the other books in this series, to young naturalists and historians, and to any child interested in exploration and discovery. ( )
1 vote AbigailAdams26 | Apr 18, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0811849163, Hardcover)

In this new series by award-winning author Sandra Markle, famous explorers take a back seat to the animals they encountered along the way. While nothing about Christopher Columbus' journey was expected, he couldn't have imagined feasting on roasted lizard! Through nimble writing and beautiful paintings, this series casts the past in a whole new light!

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Christopher Columbus set out on the journey that would make him famous, and take him to the New world. He and his crew were the first Europeans to see the astounding variety of wildlife in the part of the world we now call the Americas. Here, taken from his ship's logs, is an account of the creatures that fascinated and amazed Columbus and his crew, from flocks of riotously colored parrots to ten-inch-long lizards fit for a feast. Brought to life in vivid detail, through nimble writing and lush illustrations, this is the story of Columbus's historic adventure and the animals he saw along the way.… (more)

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