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Grade 1-3-- Describing Columbus's first voyage, Krensky writes in the present tense and asks a number of questions, such as "What if the wind stops blowing?" to make readers aware of the reasons for the sailors' fears and of Columbus's courage in attempting the trip. He includes some facts about the crew and shipboard life. The writing is clear and objective, with no fictionalization. It is less choppy than many beginning readers, but is easy enough for the intended audience. Green's watercolor illustrations include maps showing the world of 1492 and that of today. Unfortunately some of the colors are poorly reproduced, so that the Indians and several of the Spaniards appear to have blue hair. Vicki Liestman's Columbus Day (Carolrhoda, 1991) contains more information about the reasons for the voyage and the Spaniards' treatment of the Indians. Krensky's book adds little that is new to the growing body of books about Columbus, but it is an acceptable purchase for collections in which there is a demand for easy biographies. --Jean H. Zimmerman, Willett School, South River, NJ
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Enlivened by attractive full-color artwork, including maps and a cutaway view of the ship, the straightforward account is a good choice at this reading level."--Booklist.  
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 05 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 370L (What's this?)
  • Series: Step into Reading
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HARCOURT SCHOOL PUBLISHERS; 1 edition (June 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679803696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679803690
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 27, 2010
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I must admit, my kindergartener and I are great fans of the Step Into Reading series of books. Since my daughter had completed the Step 2 books in the Step Into Reading series of books, I decided to go ahead and purchase the Step 3 books. I was a bit hesitant because I noticed there is quite a big leap between the Step 2 and Step 3 books, especially in terms of vocabulary and sentence structure. The vocabulary is more advanced with higher order words, and the sentences are longer. I was also concerned that my daughter might not like the topics which seemed to be more 'academic' with history-based stories. My worries were unfounded. She loves the books and is reading them with very little help from me (and I enjoy listening to the stories!)

These books are excellent for building children's reading skills as well as increasing their confidence in reading. Once you've completed the Step 1 and Step 2 books (I would advise proceeding level by level), the Step 3 books are not as daunting as they might first appear. In "Christopher Columbus", young readers (intermediate level) will delight in the adventures of Columbus and his crew, enhanced by vivid, full color illustrations.

I can't recommend these books highly enough - they are great for building reading skills, and also educational. This book is a great introduction to Columbus for children ages 5 and up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HeatherHH on July 29, 2011
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First of all, the Amazon listing is mistaken. This is a Step 2 book as you can see if you look at the cover and the title page. It is an error on Amazon's part to list it as a Step 3 book.

This book is a good overview of Christopher Columbus that is aimed at children in grades 1-3 who are ready to move past the most basic books into something slightly more difficult. The text is big with wide spacing between the lines. There are only a few sentences per 2-page spread with large colorful illustrations. Even with the basic writing style, the book manages to cover a lot of detail. Here's an example:

"More days go by. The sailors complain loudly. Who cares about finding a new route to the Indies? They just want to stay alive. Columbus must turn back now! If he does not, they will throw him overboard!"

For the people who care about such things, the topic of Columbus' interaction with the natives is handled in a very straightforward matter-of-fact way:

"There are people on the island. Columbus calls them Indians because he thinks he has reached the Indies. He names the island San Salvador. He says it now belongs to Spain. But the island really belongs to the people who live there.... [details of trading and friendly relations] .... Columbus has also forced six Indians to come with him. People in Spain have never seen Indians."

I would definitely recommend this book for early readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T.S on September 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Early readers, slightly advanced readers, this fairly short book is interesting and informative. If your kid needs to grasp history a little better, this is a book to look at. It's done in a way that kids enjoy and actually pay attention to. Worth the money, easily.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By enjoyment reader on February 13, 2014
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Didn't like this book that much as know the history of Columbus and tired that youth is being taught a myth rather than the truth.
Read it for epal program and find it difficult to contain the fact that most books for children are not based on the truth.
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By Amazon Customer on November 14, 2013
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It was very informative and easy for my 7 year old to read. Even my 5 year old found it easy to understand and could pick out several words she recognized and also could sound out.
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A great story written which includes a lot of history in a simple to read and interesting format. The illustrations are bright and colorful but not distracting. The story line is interesting and well-written.
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By Nann on October 14, 2013
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I really liked this book because it showed how Columbus deskuverd America and became a hero. You should read it.
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By David Kirk on April 24, 2014
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I read this book with a 3rd grader and it provided several opportunities for discussion on responsibility, danger, and on pursuing the facts about history. The book works best when an adult participates to expand the scope of the book.
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