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Encounter (Voyager Books) Paperback – September 20, 1996
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The book leaves one with a slight over-all feeling of sorrow, but accomplishes its purpose. Read it, even if you decide not to own it. For a bit of a pick-me-up, re-read Jane Yolen's "Wizard's Hall" (very entertaining, even after four years of looking).
Before I begin, I must admit that it is extremely tempting to begin a historical, political, social and ethical rant after reading this work as an adult. Make no mistake; I have extremely strong views and opinions when it comes to evaluating Columbus and his actions, which are rather strongly reinforced by a wife who is a rather militant lady of overwhelming Native American heritage. These views and opinions, for me, were forged long before it became the "in" thing to trash the famous explorer. I will not, in this review, place my views to the forefront, but attempt, to simply review the book for what it is.
This is the story of the landing and first encounter of Columbus and his crew as they met the indigenous people of Hispaniola (Haiti) which were called the Taino people. It is told through the eyes of a young boy who through a dream, fears that a great evil has descended upon their land. They boy tries to warn his people not to accept these strange beings; to reject them. His people do not listen to him of course and then the inevitable occurs and of course history is played out.Read more ›
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One of the best books to teach children about perspective and empathy. They can really feel what it was like for a young Taino boy to witness the first Europeans coming to his... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love the way Jane Yolen tackles tough topics in such an accessible way for young readers. It's a great book to help young people think through what has, what can, what could, and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Yepyepyep
Classic. If you teach The Age of Exploration and don't read this book, something is amiss.Published 7 months ago by Teague Tubach
Awesome way of telling this story to young children. Pictures are a little scary but they help the child infer the type of people the characters were.Published 7 months ago by LaDonna Turner
What a great book for showing both early exploration from the Native point of view. As a teacher, I don't just want to teach that Columbus was a hero. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Hawk Shaw
Gived a different and true perpective of what some people came over the Atlantic for.Published 14 months ago by Ren
This is an awesome book to show your class when you talk about Columbus. I think everyone knows he's controversial, so this book really hits it home for the kids. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer