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  • Paperback: 59 pages
  • Publisher: Beautiful Feet Bks (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964380331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964380332
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After the publication of Ola in 1932, the work of Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire has needed no introduction - their beautiful picture books have delighted countless children ever since. Ingri Mortenson and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire met in Munich where both were studying art in the 1920's. Ingri had grown up in Norway; Edgar, the son of a noted portrait painter, was born in Switzerland and had lived in Paris and Florence. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to the United States and began to create the picture books that have established their reputation for unique craftsmanship. Their books were known for their vivid lasting color. a result of the pain-staking process of stone lithography used for all their American history biographies. This was an old world craft in which they were both expert, which involved actually tracing their images on large slabs of Bavarian limestone. Throughout their long careers, Ingri and Edgar worked as a team on both art and text. Their research took them to the actual places of their biographies, including the countries of Italy, Portugal and Spain when they were researching Columbus; to the hills of Virginia while they researched Washington; and to the wilds of Kentucky and Illinois for Abraham Lincoln, winner of the Caldecott Medal. The fact that they spoke 5 languages fluently served them well in their European travels and in their research of original documents. Since their deaths in the 1980's, Ingri and Edgar's books and works have been kept alive by their two sons Ola and Nils.

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Good explanation with facts and details unlike other authors.
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REALLY, REALLY great book for homeschooling or for the parent that likes to increase their child's knowledge of history!
N. Porter
This book was used with my daughter's American History curriculum.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By N. Porter on December 14, 2010
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Since I've been planning a 3rd grade curriculum for my daughter, I've been reading lots of children's books about Christopher Columbus. So I can safely say that this is definitely one of the most interesting, absorbing books I've read. Even I found it very interesting to read it, and get pulled into his story as if it was a novel. It is historically accurate from Columbus' point of view; some may argue that it is not fair to the Indians, but I disagree. It is a great idea to take this book and read it and then discuss the moral implications of Columbus' actions and the way that they viewed the Indians.

Regardless, the book is extremely interesting, has awesome pictures to go along with the enthralling story, and is a wonderful, historical book. My only complaint against it is that the end gets very depressing as it details how Columbus was treated at the end of his life... but that IS what happened, so it's not really a complaint, just a comment on the fact that it's, again, something to talk about. REALLY, REALLY great book for homeschooling or for the parent that likes to increase their child's knowledge of history!

From a Catholic or Christian parent, there is nothing to be contrary to the faith as well. I felt it was neutral if not positive towards the faith of the persons in the story. Perhaps for those not Christian it would annoy them to see the occasional comments about Columbus praising God or thanking God, etc... but to be fair, this is exactly how they thought in the time and so it really DOES belong in the story, regardless of what your beliefs are today. So a heads up to both Christian parent and not as to the content of the book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Will Riddle on October 19, 2011
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I am a homeschooling parent who has long seen the D'Aulaire's recommended from every corner. The books are expensive, though, so we purchased only a couple of them. Indeed, the Columbus is fun and wonderfully illustrated. The story is very complete too. We enjoyed it a lot, how it went beyond just the three ships, etc. I especially liked the bits about Columbus' family he included, and the Spanish monks.

But I am not sure if it lives up to the expectations I had from seeing it everywhere.

The main thing I was surprised to see was that D'Aulaire perpetuates the flat-earth myth. It is now a well known fact that the "Columbus proved the world was round" doctrine is wrong and misleading. So I am surprised to see that while D'Aulaire gave a head nod to the Portuguese mapmakers and how they knew the world was round, the book still comes off basically supporting the traditional flat earth version of the story. In reality, the Catholics had been teaching this through Aquinas (on page ONE of the Summa) and even as far back as the Venerable Bede in the 600s. Perhaps not every uneducated person knew, but the Catholic educated did, and there was no conspiracy. Everyone knew.

In fact, Spanish advisers to King Ferdinand were skeptical primarily because they thought the circumference was much longer (the trip was going to be a lot bigger) than Columbus had calculated. Turns out they were right! Not, as D'Aulaire suggests, because they thought Columbus' ships wouldn't be able to make it "uphill" as he circled around. This is NOT revisionist theory! The very popular kids' book, "The Librarian Who Measured the Earth" by Kathryn Lasky does a great job explaining this.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kaye Fink on October 26, 1999
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This book was used with my daughter's American History curriculum. It held her interest and provided her with more than just date recall. I will use it again with my other child.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By doublefueltanker on July 5, 2010
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The D'Aulaires' give the child (and adult reader) a deep understanding of Columbus from the time of his youth through his old age. The details, like what the cover illustration means, draw children in and transforms Columbus from a name of a holiday to a flesh-and-blood man of discovery. If an era ever needed heroes of inspiration for young children, ours is it and the D'Aulaires' deliver.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on October 20, 2011
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This book is fine. It covers all four voyages and gets into Columbus's personality. Read aloud to younger kids and let the big kids (3rd grade?) handle it on their own.
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