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Explorers Who Got Lost Paperback – February 7, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books / Tom Doherty Associates; 1 edition (February 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812520386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812520385
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diane Sansevere-Dreher received her B.A. in Communications from New York University. She has worked in public relations as a marketing consultant in the book, audio and video industries. She is the author of numerous articles published in magazines, including Billboard, Sight and Sound Marketing and Software News. Ms. Sansevere-Drehere is also the author of three juvenile biographies in the Changing Our World series (Bantam Books): Barbara Bush, Benazir Bhutto, and Stephen Biko, She lives in Pennslyvia with her husband and four children.

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Teachers and intermediate aged students will find this book full of interesting information about many well known explorers. What they won't find are exaggerated claims, found in some social studies text books, of the bravery and importance of well known explorers. Written in interesting prose, each chapter of this book reveals the foibles, faults and mission of an explorer. A valuable resource for teachers, this book will help balance dry, older or current textbook writing that rarely hints at the darker side of history. Students will be surprised by the human qualities, both light and dark, of these historical figures. This book provides information but allows them to make up their own mind about the importance of these explorers' role in history.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Teacher Friend on July 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book contains short biographies of 8 important explorers who "discovered" the Americas. These are ideal for the teacher who wants to know more than the textbook. This is also an excellent resource to use in class for students to learn more about the explorers. Students could use this resource in order to create "baseball" cards about the explorers. Or simply to use for students who want to know more about the explorers they learn about in class. The map inside the front cover is one that every student should have in his or her Social Studies notebook.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Homeschooler on June 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
We really enjoyed this book which is chock full of information on a handful of explorers. It does only cover the era of the European Discovery of the Americas (and a little on Africa)...too bad there aren't a few more people included or another book covering different regions/time periods. While the explorers are presented in a straightforward manner (as opposed to the clever and attention-grabbing books like You Wouldn't Want to Sail with Christopher Columbus!: Uncharted Waters You'd Rather Not Cross, or History News: Explorers News), we found it interesting and readable -- definitely not as dry as a textbook. Of course, each explorer was covered more in depth than many other books for children, but again it was accessible and not presented as endless mind-numbing facts. It is well organized and would be great for a research project or biography presentation. It begins with the early 1400's with Portugal & Prince Henry the Navigator, touches on the slave trade & tools for navigation, and exploring Africa. From there it moves on to Columbus, Cabot, Magellan "discovering", and exploring the western hemisphere. Also included are Verrazano, Cartier, and Hudson and their searches for a better passage to Asia (so up through the early 1600's). Each explorer's bio begins with some background on the person, era and region. The purpose or motivations of the journey, its circumstances, and the consequences of their journeys seem to be presented in an unbiased and well-researched way. The back of the book includes a nice chronology, and both the bibliography and index are extensive. Well Done! I agree with the other reviewer who said the map was invaluable...cute and highlights many of the lesser-known places that are mentioned in the stories.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erin Briggs on April 30, 2013
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I was hoping for something a bit different from this book. I wanted a narrative about explorers who got lost to use with my children in our home school. This book is a bit beyond our need for detail at this time though.

I did hope for portrait style drawings and more pictorial details about the travels taken by explorers. The information is there and accurate, but backing it up with some maps and non-cartoon images would improve this book's flexibility (skip the words, use the pictures as a tool).

I'll keep my copy around for a few years and see if it gets more love when we revisit European exploration when the children are older.
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