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A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus (Picture Book Biography)

by David A. Adler

Other authors: Alexandra Wallner (Illustrator), John Wallner (Illustrator)

Series: Picture Book Biographies

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This book would be really great for a discussion starter! We cover the concept of what travel was like in the 1400s, european monarchies, dealing with cultural relations, what it is like to persevere towards a goal, and lastly, what it is like to be wrong about ones beliefs. All of these things covered in a short book that could be really simplistic in its goal--usually Columbus is over glorified in Western Culture. It is well written and the illustrations do a nice job. ( )
  signecbaum | Feb 1, 2018 |
The book talked about how Christopher Columbus asking people if he could be given three ships to sail the opposite way of the sea and claim land. After years of wealthy people denying him the tools he needed, his wife's parents from his second marriage gave him what he needed. Instead of making it to the Indies like he sat out to do, he found America. If it were read a certain way by an adult, it could catch the attention of young readers.This book was an easy read and at the end of the book it had important dates of Columbus' life. ( )
  AdaezeaU | Jan 26, 2018 |
Christopher was born in Genoa, Italy in 1451. His parents were both weavers. He worked with his father but he wanted to go into the sea. When he was 25 years old, he was on a ship to England and was attacked by pirates and made his way to the shore. Christopher and his brother, Bartholomew, made maps and book for sailors. Christopher married Dona Felipa Moniz de Perestrello and they had a son, Diego. Christopher wanted to sail East. He asked the king of Portugal to give him three ships but he refused. So did the king and queen of France. His wife had died and so he moved to Spain. Then he had another shild with Beatriz Enriquez de Harana. Then he asked the king and queen of Spain to help but at first they said no but then later said yes. The king and queen of Spain gave him three ships, Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria. He then reached an island southeast of Florida and named it San Salvador. HE was a hero back in Spain. He was named Admiral of the Ocean Sea. Then he went to Hispaniola, named it Isabela after the queen. Christopher and his crew ouldn't find much gold anymore. He had taken four voyages to America but he thought reached the Indies. Christopher Columbus had founded the New World. ( )
  jjuneau | Oct 25, 2017 |
I like this book because of the content and language. The content was interesting because it was informational about a historical person, but was modified to be simple enough for an elementary schooler to understand it. For example, "Christopher found that the men who stayed behind after the first voyage had been cruel to the Indians. The Indians had killed them all." There are many more details that could have been added but were omitted due to the targeted age group. I like the language that the author used because it was simple yet descriptive. For example, "Christopher was a tall boy with a thin face and freckles. He worked in his father's shop, but he dreamed of going to sea." The descriptions are short but effective, and appropriate for the age group. The purpose of this story is to inform about a historical figure. ( )
  adietr3 | Feb 23, 2017 |
All I knew was that Christopher Columbus "sailed the ocean blue", but I never wondered how! This book gives great detail about just how he did that. I really like the style of this biography, story-form. This is a great biography and I will definitely include it in a history lesson in my future classroom. ( )
  bethanygc | Oct 25, 2016 |
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A brief account of the life and accomplishments of Christopher Columbus.

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