From School Library Journal
Gr 3-4-Employing the same type of illustrations and clear text as in Bugs! (Turtleback, 1988) and Money, Money, Money (HarperCollins, 1995), this book offers readers a general explanation of the early days of exploration through accounts of the voyages of 12 adventurers. A spread is devoted to each individual. One side presents some facts about the man and a brief discussion of his travels, and sometimes bits of trivia. (Columbus had red hair and Ponce de Le-n had a ferocious dog named Bercerillo.) Maps of the voyage routes with dates appear opposite these pages of information. The colorful spreads are full of small, labeled drawings and informative captions. The many simple but appealing illustrations include a cross section and side view of a typical ship, and some of the provisions and instruments needed on board. Readers will love finding out about shipworms and the Mayan Empire, and seeing how far and diverse exploration was during that time. For reports on specific explorers, this title is limited, but for young readers interested in fun and informative nonfiction, it's a winner.
Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
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Gr. 3-5. This colorfully illustrated history book briefly introduces 12 European explorers who reached the New World--among them, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Amerigo Vespucci, Hernando de Soto, Francisco de Coronado, and Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. Each double-page spread includes two or three paragraphs of information as well as lively maps and colored pencil drawings of the explorers, their ships, and other aspects of their adventures, including a simple yet fascinating page of navigational instruments. Especially interesting are what was kept in the Magellan fleet's ships' stores: 989 cheeses, 525 pounds of flour, and 15 tons of biscuits, among the foods to feed 230 men on five ships for two years. Students looking for detailed information on the explorers will need more extensive resources, but this volume provides a visually inviting overview of European exploration of the Americas during the golden age of exploration, from 1492-1543. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved